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Pie Making!

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Designing our dream gardens!

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Yurt time!

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More Tie-Dye fun!

The girls are ready for their overnight!

A big thank you to the Adventure CITs for playing Popcorn with our campers! Popcorn is a game that was recently introduced to Frost Valley in which teams race to gather the materials that they need to make their own popcorn. Materials include popcorn kernels, oil, salt and a stove. In order to gather their materials, teams must ask questions from the Wise Man and make deals with the Shop Keeper. Farm camp loved it!

And we can’t forget to take a moment to appreciate the clouds and beautiful scenery on the farm

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Yurts 6 and 7 preparing for their overnight at Pete’s Pavillion

Tie-Dye Party!

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Notes from the Garden: Week 1

It was a fun-filled week in the Frost Valley garden as campers participated in activities ranging from drawing their own dream gardens to a very intense weeding competition that came down to the wire! All campers at Frost Valley Farm Camp spend five 80 minute sessions in the garden where they learn basic organic gardening practices with a focus on celebrating the garden as a vibrant ecosystem.

On Monday, campers designed their own dream gardens. They picked their five favorite vegetables and their favorite geographic location and used their imaginations to design and draw their own gardens that they shared with their peers. A few favorites were the “pie” garden with lots of fruits and other ingredients that are used to bake pies and the smiley face garden with corn for ears. Ears of corn, get it?

On Tuesday, we learned about plant parts and their functions and we discussed the most essential and important part of any garden, the soil. After learning about all of the wonderful things that are found in soil, we made our own potting soil from organic materials that we collected from around the farm and our very own compost.

Wednesday was seeding and transplanting day. We brainstormed different types of recyclable items that can be used as planters and containers to plant herbs and flowers. We collected those items from around the farm and planted lavender, parsley and sage seeds in our very own potting soil. The most creative planters were an old Croc and a basketball shoe. After planting into our container gardens, we transplanted corn, squash and eggplant into the garden. We also direct seeded the next carrots and spinach. We were just in time as all of our seeds and transplants got a good dousing of much-needed rain that evening!

On Thursday, we had a special treat from our neighbor and friend, Derek. He gave us a tour of his beautiful flower garden. Derek, who has lived on the property for his entire life, gave us an interesting history of the farm and the many changes that it has seen. He showed us his beautiful flowers and herbs and talked about many of the native plants and animals that he often sees there. Derek also has a bountiful crop of blueberries that should be ready any time now!

Today was the last day of the gardening rotation for half of our campers. We discussed the different ways to care for the garden using organic techniques that are better for the environment while we weeded the raised beds and prepared them for the next plantings. We also revisited all of the things that we learned by playing Garden Jeopardy. The game spurred a lot of very interesting conversation about the importance of knowing our food source and the ways that young people can contribute to ensuring that everyone has access to wholesome and nutritious food.

Let’s hear it for all of my fabulous gardeners this week!

Onward,

Heather

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This afternoon, the top activity that Farm campers jumped in on was some time doing some ecological explorations around the pond investigating the year round and seasonal neighbors that make it their home.  Campers found a variety of newts, immature trout, frogs, bugs, plants and even one small turtle who was then named Bruce.  The best part of the afternoon was seeing everyone having fun with their friends and seeing campers do their finest turtle and frog imitation!  Take a look!Image

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Greetings from the Frost Valley YMCA Farm!

We are so excited to finally have campers here on the farm! We were eagerly awaiting their arrival and our first week is only adding to our excitement for a great summer! We represent many different backgrounds and have joined forces, combining our knowledge, expertise, and passion for spreading the importance of food and farming to your children. While doing this, we strive to teach and encourage the core values of Frost Valley YMCA; respect, honesty, community, responsibility, stewardship, diversity, inclusiveness and caring.

Notes from the Garden

The Frost Valley Farm Camp staff has been hard at work preparing the garden to be a fun and educational setting for our campers! Our garden is home to a variety of beans, squash, cucumbers, onions, radishes, cabbage, kale, collards, potatoes, beets, lettuce, carrots, spinach and assorted herbs. In the garden, campers will not only learn the basics of organic gardening but will learn about the importance of nurturing soil, the elements that make the garden such a rich ecosystem and will even participate in mapping where our food comes from in the United States. We can’t wait to get our hands dirty and to have fun while doing it!

Notes from the Barn

The staff is not the only group excited for the start of camp; we can’t forget about the animals! Our Frost Valley Farm family includes goats, sheep, cattle, alpaca, chickens, ducks, guinea hens, kittens and bunnies and of course, our llama, Batman! Campers will learn how to care for all of our different barn animals while discovering all of the ways that the animals fit into our farm ecosystem.

Please stay tuned throughout the summer to see what is happening on the farm!

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Hello All! this is Emma from the barn here. This session has been a busy one! The campers were able to greet two new additions to the barn. One of our does, Pearl kidded on Tuesday and had a boy (Midnight) and a girl (Starlight). One group actually saw the new babies just five minutes after being born, and got the chance to name them!

During barn time, we’ve been writing notes, facts and poems in our barn journals. I wanted to share three poems written by campers this session:

 

Starlight, Midnight

New baby goats cute

Loving, sweet snuggle

All day long.

-Sadie

 

A baby goat

Small, sweet, wet

When in, comes out

Dry after mother licks.

-Esther Grace

 

Jealous pests mouths

Wide open, impatient

For their food.

-Hazel (this poem is about the barn swallows)

 

 

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