7/20/17

Overheard at Farm Creatures Camp



This week we explored farm creatures big and small. Hissing cockroaches and a Nubian goat were two favorites. A big thank you to the guest educators who came to Arcadia's Hilltop Farm this week to share their expertise on goats and bugs. 

Some of our favorite quotes from campers this week include...

"Garlic is like candy to me" -said while drinking self-made garlic water

"The 82-eyed Camouflager and the 3 eyed Slurper like to slurp up nectar, and eat rice. They went to see the Emoji Movie in theaters! They split one piece of candy. They fly to the movies and it takes two days because they cary so much popcorn. They like to pollinate and eat corn— it's their favorite food! The End.” -a short pollination story written by a camper and our camp director

"I have ten instincts and they all say don't trust the ice. Right instincts?" -before our "frozen overalls" water game for the day

We've had a wonderful week exploring the world of farm creatures with some fantastic campers. Thanks again to all the people who make this camp possible!


7/18/17

Farm Creatures Has Started!




Hello and welcome to week two of Arcadia's Farm Camp - Farm Creatures! Our week has started swimmingly with a box turtle spotting under the grape arbor, many bug races, and time spent caring for our hens.

We're going to continue our Tuesday tradition by introducing two of our fantastic Farm Camp counselors: Talia and Dani. 


Talia Schmitt is an Environmental Community Health major at the College of William & Mary. In 2013, she co-founded an environmental education program, Eco-Schools Leadership Initiative (ESLI) where high school and college students educate elementary school students about the environment (www.eslileaders.org). On campus, Talia works as a Dining Sustainability Intern and is involved in a project bringing produce from a local farm back to the college’s cafeteria. Some of Talia’s favorite farm & food memories include eating asparagus right from the ground, and viewing the bright blue artichoke flower for the first time! She can’t wait to embark on the exploratory and tasty adventure of farm camp with some eager campers! 





Dani is a Farm Camp Counselor at Arcadia Farm. She recently graduated from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where she developed a passion for both community outreach and sustainable agriculture. She took many courses focused on sustainable agriculture, and worked with many community farms and gardens. In addition to sustainable agriculture, Dani loves exploring, cooking and being outdoors – and she is so excited about sharing her passions with the campers!




7/13/17

Overheard at Young Farmers Camp



We're wrapping up our first week of Farm Camp already! Here is a glimpse of what some of our campers have been saying...



When describing what Lamb's Ears SHOULD be called: "Puppy Belly"

While touching the potting clay in our "seed balls" activity: "this feels like touching clouds"

Looking through the compost pile: "I spy an invertebrate!"

Camp Director pun: "What did the mom cow say to the baby cow? You gotta go to bed it's PASTURE bed time"

On a bug catching excursion: "Guard my Harlequin Beatles!!"

After our beekeeping lesson: "I have a business plan for the bees...have them sting the cockroaches"

We have heard shrieks of laughter during our water games; inquisitive questions when Farmer Katherine came to discuss crop rotation, seasonal harvesting, and proper washing techniques; hushed excitement when Farmer LaRon gave a lesson on beekeeping (including a demonstration with the bee smoker); and "ooo this is good"s when they try our farm fresh cooking creations for the first time. And don't forget the wide eyes we see when they hold a warm egg or feel the soft feathers of our hens.

A huge thanks to everyone who made this amazing first week possible!





7/11/17

Welcome Back to Farm Camp!




This summer we're kicking off Farm Camp with some of our newest Young Farmers!! Throughout the next five weeks we will be highlighting our incredible camp counselors - with backgrounds from soil specialization to education - and the wonderful campers who are harvesting, cooking, and creating in our Groundhog Garden. To get us rolling we would love to introduce Sarah, whose campers this week have an affinity for weeding: who knew?!



Sarah has been working in environmental education and conservation for 5 years now. From nature centers in Fredericksburg, VA and Montpelier, VT to the mountains of Taos, New Mexico and the forests of Paraguay, many experiences have led her to Farm Camp with Arcadia. She loves working with kids and the creative energy they provide and hopes to learn new ways to spark their interest in locally sourced, healthy eating while at Arcadia. Her favorite vegetable is zucchini because ZOODLES!