Our April vacation camp, Spring on the Farm, took place at the end of last month. Three of the days we focused on macronutrients, including protein, fat, and carbohydrates, and the last day we focused on vitamins and minerals. On healthy protein day we first started by discussing why we need protein, and how to tell the different between healthy and unhealthy proteins. It is tricky, because sometimes a one protein can be healthy and unhealthy depending on how it is prepared (like grilled chicken vs fried chicken). Then we tasted different a few kinds of beans and lentils, then made all different varieties of bean burgers. We had some skeptics, but just about everyone found a version they liked.
Another day we learned about whole grains. We talked about what a whole grain is, why they are good for us, and did a tasting. We tried quinoa, barley, brown rice, and farro. Then we made our own sushi using a favorite whole grain, brown rice. Our education intern, Meghan, taught us about healthy fats and how to read a label to tell which fats are healthy and which aren’t. Then we cooked mini-frittatas with asparagus, peppers, and cheese.
We did a volunteer activity each day, and the kids became expert tomato transplanters and set up all of the harvest buckets to prepare for the upcoming season. We used soil kits to test the soil in the learning garden and talked about different ways we can get plants the nutrients they need. We tested for pH (which was slightly alkaline – 7.4) and levels of phosphorus and nitrogen (which were sufficient!). This was great prep for planting in the learning garden. The kids sowed seeds for beets, carrots, radishes, chard. They also learned about compost and turned the compost in our bins. We fit in a couple hikes through Grafton Land Trust trails where we played Spring Bingo and picked up trash to celebrate Earth Day.
It was a whirlwind week of activities! If your child was unable to come, we will be hosting a few educational opportunities at the farm this summer. We will be hosting 2 kids cooking classes on July 25th and August 8th, 2:30-4pm. Cost is $20 per child per class and kids in grades 4-7 are invited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up – space is limited!