Ten kids spent the third week in July this year at the farm, helping the farmers “share the peas” in celebration of summertime abundance.
The mission of Share the Peas camp was to connect kids to their food supply and to gain allies in our collective mission to alleviate hunger in the community. Share the Peas camp intermixed songs, game, and farm work with interactive lessons focused on finding ways to pay forward the abundance of summertime on an organic vegetable farm.
Over the course of the week, campers learned about the fruits and vegetables growing on the farm, played games and heard stories, and raced around the farm on a competitive scavenger hunt. Activities every day touched on the subject of hunger and offered opportunities for campers to embody the spirit of giving too-oft reserved for the winter months. Campers participated in team-building activities, harvested vegetables and prepared boxes to offer to friends in their own communities, and helped in the creation of a long-lasting art installation on the farm.
We were graced with several visits over the course of the week. On Wednesday, Native American story-teller and flautist Paul “Che-oke-ten” Wagner visited and shared stories and songs and on Thursday, two representatives from Hopelink visited to teach us about hunger in the local community. On Friday, Marlene Lambert, Hopelink’s Gleaning Coordinator, led the farmers and campers in a glean in the farm fields. The green beans harvested by the crew–over 30 pound–were donated to Hopelink in Carnation.
Registration for 2015 summer camps opens on January 1.