Howdy everyone, and welcome to the first day of Know and Grow Your Food camp! Its Turnip the barn cat here, and today I ran around Bowers School Farm to see what the peppers were up to.
The morning started with a Pepper Party, where campers were split into four pepper groups: green, yellow, orange, and red. Each group decorated a team flag with paint that will hang on their pepper cart. They also discussed the C.A.R.E.S. contract and acted out each behavior. Cares stands for cooperation, attitude, respect, empathy, and safety.
Next peppers headed to the flagpole for the daily flag ceremony. The orange peppers helped raise both the American and 4-H flag and lead the pledges.
Next, it was time for chores! The red peppers cared for the animals in the lower barn by replenishing their food and water. They also milked the mamma goats and said hi to the kids.
Meanwhile, the orange peppers took care of Happy and Barney the pigs. They gave them food as well as replaced their water. The peppers also got to groom Mac and the ponies!
Out in the garden, the peppers helped weed the kale plants! They learned why weeds are harmful to crops and the importance of removing them.
The peppers tie-dyed Bowers camp shirts today! These will be washed and returned for campers to wear on Friday. The designs looked so awesome and I can't wait to see how they turn out!
Campers did some cooking outside Garden Kitchen today. They put together the perfect soil recipe with dirt, water, leaves, and more. They were master soil chefs!
The peppers learned about fungi during the Making Mushrooms activity. They drilled holes in logs and inserted spores to eventually grow mushrooms of their own! Afterward, campers got to taste different kinds of mushrooms.
In garden kitchen, campers made glazed carrots and cucumber lemonade. The lemonade was so refreshing on such a hot day! If you want to make either of these recipes at home, follow the recipe card listed below.
Campers collected worm castings during the Worms & Recycling activity. They learned that this substance is very nutrient dense, and will be added to the garden as fertilizer!
Thanks for joining us for the first day of Know and Grow Your Food Camp! Check back tomorrow for more photos and fun!