How cool is it that such a thing as “farm camp” exists? No endless weeks of daycare, uniforms, and kumbaya for the modern set. Now young’uns can learn about farm animals, growing food, and all sorts of things that were, let’s be honest, probably chores way back in the day. I can imagine my 98-year old grandmother who couldn’t wait to get off the farm at 16 shuddering at the thought of actually wanting to do all this fun farm-y stuff. (In fact, I do think she’s a bit amused at how I like to spend my time!).
These days, however, our youth are in critical need of connecting with nature and where our food comes from. Farm Camp may just be one of the more important movements (along with school gardens) happening in the “nature deficit disorder” scene.
Here in Albuquerque, we are lucky to have our own farm camp at Erda Gardens, a biodynamic CSA and Learning Center. In their third year of hosting farm camp, they bring in local experts to make the experience so much the richer. This year’s sessions start the first week in June. Find out more about Farm Camp at Erda Gardens on their website. Looks like so much fun!