- Education and Training: youth education
Youth will spend five days on an organic farm immersed in hands-on agriculture and ecology activities emphasizing the connection between caring for the land and growing healthy food. They will plant, weed, harvest, devise a cover crop strategy and perform an informal soil test. Campers will plant perennials to attract pollinators and beneficial insects and learn from a real beekeeper. They will interview farmers with diverse backgrounds about their work and communities. Campers will prepare for a CSA pickup, plant seeds to bring home, and prepare a meal for their families using vegetables from the farm.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Teach sustainable agriculture practices through weeklong hands-on activities with farmer Jonah and camp counselors on an organic farm.
- Introduce youth to sustainable ag career opportunities via kids interviewing two farmers, a compost expert, and a beekeeper.
- Give campers direct-marketing experience by harvesting and preparing for a CSA pickup.
- Share the value of farm to table through the campers hosting a community meal for their families using vegetables they harvest on the farm.
- Students share the week of learning through video logs on Teter Farm website and Facebook page, as well as Project Noah, a tool to explore and document biodiversity.