Rooted in the Community: Sustainable Ag Youth Summer Camp

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2022: $4,605.00
Projected End Date: 12/15/2024
Grant Recipient: Carl Sandburg College
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Manager:
Ellen Burns
Carl Sandburg College

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  • Education and Training: youth education

    Proposal abstract:

    "Rooted in the Community" is a summer camp program for youth in the west-central region of Illinois hosted by Carl Sandburg College, based in Galesburg. The free, two-day camp introduces children aged 9-12 to sustainable agriculture practices, purposes, and careers. The camp staff works with local farmers, community gardeners, nutritionists, and ag educators to teach campers about sustainable agriculture through hands-on activities, field trips, and educational presentations. The 2022 camp will explore sustainable community farming, distribution, and practice. Sandburg will host two summer camps, two-days each, open to youth throughout the district.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. Introduce youth to sustainable community ag practices and purposes through hands-on activities in the Galesburg Community Garden and field trips to local farms.
    2. Provide information on careers in sustainable agriculture through meetings with farmers and educational presentations from ag educators.
    3. Encourage youth to shop locally and capitalize on nutritional benefits by learning about healthy eating practices and how to prepare nutritious meals.
    4. Ensure equitable access to sustainable agriculture education by working with community stakeholders to offer Rooted in the Community free to all participating campers.  
    5.  Share project results through social media, radio interviews, press releases, website publications, and conference seminars.
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.