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There are few things in life more rewarding and delicious than eating a fresh, homegrown meal. In this camp, we will get to know the foods growing in our gardens. These foods will be our muses as we design a three-course meal and our own special farm to table restaurant experience. We will spend the week exploring the stories of our food, the relationship between humans, garden ecosystems, and sustainable local food systems. Using safe cooking techniques, campers will practice chopping, slicing, grating, measuring, and mixing. We will learn how to read & craft a recipe while thinking about seasonal availability and different flavor combinations. At the end of the week, we invite families to come and enjoy the farm to table restaurant. This camp is perfect for the budding young chef!
Note: Cooking camps are a smaller group size and have an additional cost for supplies.
If your teens or preteens love gardening and working with younger children, this camp is for them! Junior Counselors will grow their skill as young leaders throughout the week in mentorship with camp staff, facilitating small group activities, and learning what it’s like to teach outdoors, all the while learning about organic gardening and farming. Junior Counselors will earn a Certificate of Leadership upon completion of the camp.
Junior Counselors will arrive 30 minutes before campers arrive and stay up to 30 minutes after campers depart. This allows time for time to prepare and set up for the events of the day and to wrap up and reflect on the day with the garden educators (built into the times listed).
An orientation will take place before summer camps, consisting of a tour of the farm/garden, a general overview of the Junior Counselor role, leadership training, and some team building activities as we go through a typical camp day! This will give youth an opportunity to get acquainted with each other, the space, and Tilth Alliance staff. Attendance at this orientation is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Free camp t-shirts will be provided at orientation. There will be two orientation dates: Junior Counselors only need to attend one. These dates are Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 22. Both take place from 6–7:30 p.m. Please indicate your choice at checkout.