- 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.