These first two weeks have passed in a flash and so much has happened! The youth are starting to become really comfortable on the farms and with each other, which makes even the most tedious weeding jobs go a little faster.

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Preparing for the Farm Olympics!

Preparing for the Farm Olympics!

 

We have learned so much from our farm educator, Mr. David, who taught us everything we need to know about parasitic wasps (pesticide alternative for killing beetles) and nature’s best friend, the compost pile.

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We have also harvested a wide variety of veggies including more carrots than I have seen in my life, beets, lettuce, cabbage, and my personal favorite…garlic! By lunchtime we are usually covered head to toe in dirt and gobble down Miss Lauren’s delicious creation of the day (after a thorough hand washing of course!)

Shake it off-dirt on the garlic roots.

Shake it off-dirt on the garlic roots.

Next, comes cooking up a storm with Miss Rachel or job readiness with Mr. Elam. Meanwhile, Miss Maryann has taken the graduate students under her wing to make a variety of awesome environmental art including planters and garden stepping stones.

Freehand sketching the flowers from the farms.

Freehand sketching the flowers from the farms.

Despite the long days, the youth are still full of energy at 1:30 and many spend their break playing World Cup soccer, football, or playing with Miss Lo’s magic “orb.” Finally, we split up into small groups for our very diverse electives, which include Miss Nicole’s Zen Mediators, Miss Lo’s Cookbook Crew, Mr. Bob’s Spicy Tang Gang, and Miss Lizzy’s Energy Explorers.

Beautiful sunflowers at Kimberton Farm.

Beautiful sunflowers at Kimberton Farm.

We end the day with Roses, Thorns, and Buds to see what everyone’s learning and how much fun we’re having!

 

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