Today, campers study Land. The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste daily. Campers follow a piece of trash from curb-side to landfill and discuss reduce, reuse, recycle and responsibility we all share in caring for the earth.
Day 2: Land
Summer is here and time for Sustainable You! Summer Camp at HAREC. Although the weather hit triple digits, 25 eager campers arrived ready to learn and participate in fun activities and games that demonstrate how they can conserve natural resources. This week is all about campers learning what they can do each and every day to lessen their impact on our environment.
Day 1: Air
Shanti has already helped with farm field trips and Nutrition & Fitness Night at Sycamore Canyon School where she inspired students to sample healthy Strawberry & Kale smoothies made on the Center's new blender bike. She has completed the Sustainable You! Summer Camp training and is ready to co-lead the program which begins June 20. When asked how she feels about this opportunity, she stated “ I am ecstatic to be working with such an inspiring center and I'm certain that this work experience will help me in future endeavors to one day work in the agriculture field in less developed countries such as my home country of Malaysia”. Welcome Shanti as our 2016 Youth, Families, and Community summer intern!
- Author: Susana C. Bruzzone-Miller
As part of their youth development outreach, Join the Farm offers field trips to the farm and a Farmer in the Classroom program for Ventura Unified School District and urban Los Angeles Unified School District. This year, Erynn Smith, Director of Farm Education, expanded offerings of her Farm Summer Camp. Two, one-week summer Farm Camps were held in July and August. Over 60 elementary aged youth from the Camarillo YMCA participated.
Farm Camp education highlights:
- Soils science
- Worm composting
- Integrated pest management
- Local food systems
- Nutrition....and more
Fun, hands-on activities including planting, weeding, harvesting and cooking reinforced topics discussed during the 1/2 day camp. As an added bonus, the children delighted in harvesting enough fruits and vegetables to share with their families.