Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Camp Starting!

This was an eventful weekend!  We had our Farmer's Market as usual on Saturday, selling Napa/Chinese cabbage, sugar snap peas, beets,  kale, and broccoli.  We also discussed the possibility of keeping some dairy goats for the summer with a neighbor.

A Prime Example of a Dairy Goat

Yesterday was the first day of Senior High Camp!  That means that there will be a lot of exciting events coming up this week in which the campers will be interacting with the farm.  Campers can come to the farm from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. during their free time, and they may choose farming to be the special skill they want to practice during the week.  In that case, they may come from 3:45 - 4:30 p.m. to learn about farming.

Senior High Campers

What we have planned for them to do is as follows:

Free Choice: Wheat Harvest
Special Skill: Introduction to the farm

Free Choice:Working on the future goat house
Special Skill: Planning

Free Choice: Talking about healthy eating
Special Skill: Planting

Free Choice: Pickle beets
Special Skill: Harvest honey

That's right, you read the last one correctly.  The honey will be ready to harvest as soon as this week!  I'm excited, personally.  Camp counselors can also grow or help raise things on the farm by themselves throughout the summer, with perhaps the campers they are in charge of.  One counselor expressed interest in growing his own chili pepper plant during the orientation.  Perhaps Chef Adam will be able to make some spicy dishes with them by the end.

Doug and a Maggie (Sustainability Intern)

Here are pictures of the wheat harvest that took place this morning.  The campers will help grind it into flour, after which it will be made into bread for Communion.

Oh, and one more thing!  The hydroponic Romaine lettuce should be ready in a few weeks, and Tristan will plant the next batch tomorrow.  Here's how it's doing so far:

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