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:
1.Teach sustainable agriculture practices through weeklong hands-on activities with farmer Jonah and camp counselors on an organic farm.
2.Introduce youth to sustainable ag career opportunities via kids interviewing two farmers, a compost expert, and a beekeeper.
3.Give campers direct-marketing experience by harvesting and preparing for a CSA pickup.
4.Share the value of farm to table through the campers hosting a community meal for their families using vegetables they harvest on the farm.
5.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.