Farm Camp Memories

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Waiting patiently.

Waiting patiently

… I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you….

She really enjoyed her experience at the farm and is still talking about it everyday. She is now on a mission and is trying to get me to plant herbs and veggies as I have a pretty big backyard. I guess I will need to sign up for a camp at the farm as well so that I can learn all about planting stuff as I am clueless in that matter:):):)…….

Anyway once again big thanks to you.

Success.

When Project Generation Gap decided to sponsor campers at Rancho Alegre Farm’s camp (thanks again to all who donated and bought t-shirts!) we were both excited and a little anxious. Some of the parents expressed that their children had never been on a farm and weren’t the biggest fans of veggies. How would they respond to being in the hot sun all day with animals eating unfamiliar foods?

Well, they responded like kids do when given freedom to roam and venture into new territories.

They had a blast.

From the morning feedings, to making cheese, milking goats, and pony rides; the kids were not hesitant to take their turn.

They also picked and ate vegetables.

It has been proven that kids who garden have a  much greater appreciation for healthy food. They are more likely to try new things if they take part in the ‘growing’.

Here are a few tips to gardening with kids:

  • Start with vegetables they are already familiar with. Berries are a great springtime choice.
  • Grow food that they can pick and eat right from the vine… very few grape tomatoes get past my kids!
  • Choose seeds that are large and easy to sow.  Think squash.
  • Choose low maintenance crops. Ones that require very little outside of watering and harvesting.  Cucumbers are easy, big producers.
  • Plants that will continue cropping/producing. Beans are excellent at this!

Colorado State has detailed information here on gardening with children. Check it out!

Here are some more pictures of the seeds that were planted and the memories made during farm camp.

Each morning they fed the animals

Each morning they fed the animals

They were so kind to each other and the animals

They were so kind to each other and the animals

A few cowgirls getting unclose and personal

A few cowgirls getting up close and personal

Making cheese is a two day process. The finished product.

Making cheese is a two-day process. The finished product.

Every kiddo gets a sample. Yum!

Every kiddo gets a sample. Yum!

Have you ever eaten a flower?  Our kids have!

Have you ever eaten a flower? Our kids have!

Harvesting Veggies

Harvesting Veggies

She got to take this beauty home to share with her family!

She got to take this beauty home!

RAF staff, PGG volunteers Isabel and Skye, and a few of the kiddos from camp

RAF staff, PGG volunteers Isabel and Skye and a few of the kiddos from camp

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