Harvesting Hope for Others Farm Camp for Kids 2022

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2022: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 01/15/2024
Grant Recipient: Harvest Hope Farm
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Manager:
Lynn Kotrba
Harvest Hope Farm


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, mentoring, youth education
  • Production Systems: hydroponics
  • Soil Management: composting, earthworms
  • Sustainable Communities: community development, community services, leadership development, local and regional food systems, partnerships, public participation, quality of life, social networks, sustainability measures, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration

    Proposal abstract:

    Youth, ages 6-13 years old, will participate in an 11-week farm camp, meeting 2 hours/week, June through August 2022.  Youth will learn how to raise a garden bed from planting to harvest with all produce raised being donated to families in need within the community.  Youth will also learn about the care and keeping of farm animals as well as what these animals provide for humans.  Youth will learn, hands-on, about caring for their environment through activities such as composting, working with pollinators, and learning how to leave no trace behind.


    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. Increase the gardening skills of 6-13 year olds through an 11-week farm camp program. Each youth will raise a 4x6 raised garden bed from planting to harvest.  All produce raised will be given to families in need within the community.
    2. Youth will learn how composting and recycling can positively impact the environment and gardening practices.
    3. Youth will learn the importance of pollinators through the enhancement of a current pollinator garden.
    4. Youth will learn the importance of family farms to the food supply through interaction with food suppliers, farmers, and cooking lessons using the produce they grow.
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