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Urban Roots hosts harvest camp for youth


Art Food & Roots: Urban Roots Summer Camp Participant. Photo by Miriam Hodgman

Urban Roots is holding Harvest Camp to compliment Washoe County School District’s fall break. For a week this fall, campers ages 5-12 will learn about many aspects of cool-weather farming, including planting winter crops, growing in the hoop house, animal care, food preservation, harvest traditions, and more. Beginning on Monday, October 6th and ending Friday, October 10th, Harvest Camp educators will focus on using the garden as a way to open kids up to other areas of study through taking care of plants and animals, and learning about food sourcing. Each day, students work together to create a healthy snack in order to think critically about where their food comes from. Food items will be donated by local farmers and the food co-op, or grown on-site at Urban Roots.

Farm Camp and Farm School parents have the opportunity to attend an educational workshop put on by Urban Roots and the Great Basin Community Food Co-op. During this workshop, families will learn about how to prepare nutritionally balanced meals on a budget. The visit to the co-op will include hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt focusing on nutrition, creative meal planning, and budgeting, all to encourage families to explore healthy alternatives. The cost of the workshop is $10 for camp families and scholarships are available.

Families participating in the tour on scholarship will also receive a yearlong membership to the Co-op and a $50 grocery food stipend so they are able to implement new ideas that they learned immediately.

SOURCE: Urban Roots.

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