Have you ever spent an early morning walking between rows of growing vegetables and smelling the fragrance of fresh greens mingling with the soil they are grown in? Have you ever made your own paint from the stamens of flowers or cooked and eaten food that you have just harvested? Well, if you join us at Unquowa’s Summer Farm Camp, these will be just a few of the ways in which you will learn to understand the relationship between the foods we eat and where they come from.
In addition to the art, cooking and environmental science classes taught right here on our campus, campers will begin three mornings a week at Sport Hill Farm, right down the road from our campus, and experience first hand what it is like to run and work on an organic farm. While planting, irrigating, and harvesting both produce and eggs, campers will learn the importance of organic farming for the planet and the health benefits to themselves.
Afternoons are comprised of an art class, with a focus on art in nature, a science class centered round the theme of sustainability and the environment, and a cooking class conducted by our school’s chef and using foods picked at Sport Hill Farm. All classes are taught by certified teachers who are part of the Unquowa faculty.
One day a week the campers will go on an all-day field experience. Each week of the program is scheduled for a different location. From a trip to learn about the history of farming, visiting a bee keeper or even learning about how food is harvested from Long Island Sound, campers are given an opportunity to further learn about the food web and what their impact is on the world.
Our youngest campers, those entering grades PreK-4 and Kindergarten, will enjoy a half day here at our campus, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Taught by our own early childhood staff, these campers will get to experience everything our older campers do, excluding field trips. They will work in our own raised beds, experience nature through science and art, and enjoy cooking classes with our school’s chef. They will end their morning with a bit of time for free play.
Throughout this experience, we hope to instill in your child our school’s philosophy: we are all stewards of this earth, and it is our responsibility to live sustainable lifestyles and to realize that our behaviors and choices affect our planet. Our goal is to instill this philosophy through education, which we believe will cultivate a feeling of respect and a natural passion to protect all things in nature. This desire can be nurtured through the authentic exposure our program offers.