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Hardscrabble Farms Sign
Hardscrabble Farms is the place Greg and his school go to for a week long field trip in the 10th book "Old School". It is the main location of the 10th book. The camp is known to make kids miserable, and even traumatize some, like what happened to Rodrick when he went. A main cause may be the rumored Silas Scratch who supposedly lives near the farm in the woods after supposedly being kicked of his land he had while working at the farm. Silas Scratch turned out to have been a hoax, created by Greg's dad, Frank, to keep people away from a maintenance shack he found in the woods while gathering firewood at the place when he was a kid.
People who went on the schools trip/work there
Went on the trip:
- Frank Heffley (Greg's dad)
- Mr. Jefferson (a.k.a Robert Jefferson) (Rowley's dad)
- Mrs. Graziano
- Rowley Jefferson
- Albert Sandy
- Mr. Nuzzi
- Graham Bertran
- Gareth Grimes
- Emilio Mendoza
- Duane Higgins
- Timothy Ames
- Jeffrey Swanson
- Rodrick Heffley (Went to the place when he was in Greg's grade)
- Melinda Henson
- Julian Trimble
- Mike Barrows
- Jordan Lankey
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (First and only appearance)
- Greg's grade he was in, in the 10th book, at his school, has been going on an annual trip to the place for at least 19 years, since Mrs. Graziano says she has been to Hardscrabble Farms for 19 years. The annual trip for the grade may have started longer ago, since Frank (Greg's dad), and another chaperone (who is unnamed) had both been there as kids, when they were in Greg's grade.
- The supply list for this place includes bug spray, hiking boots, raincoat, canteen, day pack, jeans, plastic bag, sunscreen, toiletries, and wool socks, while junk food and electronics are strictly prohibited.
- The food at Harscrabble Farms is atrocious and from each meal, all the leftover food is scraped into a pot which will create a stew to eat the next day. That method has been used at Hardscrabble Farms for over 30 years.