FARM AND GARDEN CAMP 2012!--Weeks of July 9th and July 23rd
Join us for the second year of camp at the Inn at Mountain View Farm. Children ages 5-10 are welcome. We will learn hands-on organic gardening skills, play nature games, take hikes on the beautiful Kingdom Trails, pick berries, harvest healthy snacks, sing songs and meet the rescued farm animals at the Animal Sanctuary. Please download the brochure for more info, and sign up soon! Slots are going filling up!
Join us at the Inn at Mountain View for a playgroup in the garden. Children ages 2-5 (with an accompanying adult) can explore, plant seeds, observe bugs, taste herbs and generally have fun getting dirty. They can also meet the rescued farm animals at the Animal Sanctuary. The first playgroup will meet Tuesday, June 27th from 2pm to 4pm at the clock barn (past the brick creamery). Contact us for more information.
Vermont Youth Garden Project is pleased to offer a farmstand this summer. The farmstand will take place at the Inn at Mountain View Farm at the top of East Darling Hill Road in East Burke. We will run the stand on the same day as our CSA pick-up--Wednesdays from 4:30--6:30. The stand will be in the clock barn next to the animal sanctuary. Our first day is June 27th. We also have FARMDOLLARS this year! Farmdollars allow you to invest in our farm for a smaller amount than the CSA, but still receive a 10% discount on farmstand prices. Farmdollars in the amount of $100 will be sold (and can be redeemed) throughout the season. Hope to see you there!
Thanks to many, many hands, we had a great first year growing food for our community with the Vermont Youth Garden Project. We started off with many “transplanters” from the east Burke school, who helped to: hang our pea fence, transplant cabbages and cauliflower starts, seed in lettuce, radishes, spinach and peas, and transplant hundreds of onion whips…. All of which grew successfully to feed many mouths this summer and now into the winter. The Burke Town School was able to bus several groups of kids out to plant potatoes and do a variety of garden jobs for both the afterschool program and the Kingdom Sense of Place days. The Lyndon Town School CNSU Summer Program at the Lyndon Town School spent a day sampling veggies, learning about the garden, weeding and laying out mulch. Our garden camp in august spend two days in august reveling in the abundance of the august garden, picking potato bugs, digging early potatoes, and planting starts for fall crops. The Modern Woodman club came and cleaned out the tomato/tomatillo beds, squash beds and pulled over 100 lbs of carrots. It is truly amazing what our children can do when put to task. Much was accomplished in the garden and I think I am safe to say they had fun doing it. Throughout the spring and summer we hosted at least 130 kids in the garden up at the Inn at Mountain View Farm this summer. Our first year, thanks to the kids was a success.
We truly believe that healthy and sustainable eating habits begin in the garden and for many of these children, we could not cut the cabbages to reveal their tightly woven centers and past them around fast enough to satisfy the hunger to eat food directly from the garden. With the diversity of jobs to be done at any given time in the garden, we found that there was always something for everyone. One young girl, upon learning about potato bugs, simply refused to come out of the potato patch until all offending bugs had been removed potato patch… so we left her there picking for almost an hour!! Meanwhile, another child didn’t want to stop digging potatoes, fortunately there were many to dig….. Another day, an entire group harvested all of our garlic, over 200 heads in just under 10 minutes… Another child who swore she didn’t really like vegetables, wouldn’t stop filling her pockets with green beans, once we told her she was welcome to take as many home as she wanted to eat.… the stories are endless.. but they are reminders to us as we plan for next year that this truly is good work for our kids and our community.
Winter has come in fast now, I’ve begun to blow snow from around the greenhouse and the seed catalogs are filling our mailboxes. I can hardly wait to make lists and planting schedules for all the food we will grow next year! The thought is exciting and allows me to appreciate this quieter time to make plans for the coming season. We will keep you posted on Vermont Youth Gardening opportunities and CSA plans for next summer stay tuned and thanks again for a terrific season.
Jessica Simpson and Alyssa Doolittle
See us this Saturday at the East Burke Cooperative Farm Stand on the clubhouse lawn in East Burke, 10am-1pm.
It's not too late to sign up for a weekly basket of produce from the Vermont Youth Garden Project this summer. We prorate new CSA members as the summer progresses.
Lots of great veggies for sale: broccoli, garlic scapes, radishes, beet greens, kale, peas, fresh homemade bread and more. Check us out!