- Guest Blogger: Eleanor Israeli-CSU Channel Island Student
Lastly, maintenance! It's important to be consistent with your garden, a little love will go a long way. Make sure you check your garden at least once a day because some crops need more water than others, especially on a hot day. Remember what plants need to grow: seeds, soil, water, sun, air, and just a little bit of love.
Why is water important?
Where does water go when you flush it down the toilet?
What can you do to conserve water?
We end the week with a very important topic-water! How much clean water do we have on earth to share with humans, animals, agriculture...? How do plants use water? How is water transported to our homes and how much is wasted by leaky pipes? Fun activities touch on these questions and much more....
Day 4- Food
What is local food?
Why buy local food?
What is a food mile?
Today we explore where our food comes from and delve into our complex global and local food system....How far does a pineapple or a cashew travel before it gets to your plate? Does it travel by boat....train...truck? What grows in California? What are Ventura County's top crops? And what about packaging of food items is it sustainable?
What is the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy?
Why is energy important?
How can we conserve energy?
Energy day is always popular and delicious! After contemplating journal questions and discussing renewable and non-renewable energy sources, the fun begins! The big solar oven worked hard to bake brownies. Campers crafted personal solar ovens out of pizza boxes and made that delightful camping tradition…s'mores! Even though the sun didn't cooperate this year, the s'mores were still amazing. Solar ovens are enroute home to hopefully, have another go on a sunnier day. Pedal power was a plenty on the blender bike. The farm fresh Strawberry Kale Smoothies were a big hit.
Strawberry Kale Smoothies
1 cup orange juice
1 cup kale
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1 frozen bananas
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
The day begins with journaling and a farm nature walk. Along the way, campers encounter evidence or indicators that animals use and call the farm home. Today is about understanding the importance of open space, natural resources and waste management.
Americans throw away approximately 250 million tons of trash/year. That is 500,000,000,000 pounds of garbage! Yikes! How we dispose of our waste or garbage has an impact on our land. Campers learn to differentiate between trash, recycling and compost and continue weighing and charting their own camp waste. Worm composting or vermicomposting is an easy way to reduce some of our waste bound for a landfill and everyone is excited to build their personal worm bin to take home.