Howdy campers and parents and welcome to the first day of Know and Grow Your Food camp! My name is Turnip the cat 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 painted a flag 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, it was time for the daily flag ceremony. The orange peppers helped raise the flags and lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4H Pledge. Campers also learned "The Hay Song," which is a favorite here at Bowers!
Then it was time for chores. The green peppers headed to the poultry barn to care for the chickens, quails, and turkeys. They replaced their water and refilled their food. Campers also got to say hello to the baby chicks!
Meanwhile, the orange peppers cared for Happy and Barney the pigs and all three ponies. They refiled their food and water and cleaned the pony pen. Campers also decided to braid Patches's hair! Lastly, the peppers groomed Cowgirl the horse.
Out in the garden, the peppers helped gardener Danyal weed the kale plants. They also harvested cucumbers that they used in today's Garden Kitchen recipe!
Time to get creative! Campers tie-dyed camp shirts today. They did a great job and we can't wait to see how they turn out! We will hand back shirts on Thursday to be worn on Friday.
Campers were soil chefs today, creating the perfect soil recipe with dirt, water, leaves, and more. They also discussed what makes soil different than dirt.
This week, campers will be making ovens that will hopefully be able to cook a s'more with only the power of the sun. They are using pizza boxes and tin foil to get the job done. We can't wait to see these come together as the week continues.
In Garden Kitchen, campers did a taste test with different foods and categorized them based on flavor profile. They also made cucumber lemonade using cucumbers from the garden! If you want to make this refreshing drink at home, follow the recipe card below.
During the Worms & Recycling activity, campers collected worm castings. They also learned why this substance is so nutrient dense and looked at the worms under a microscope. The castings will be the perfect fertilizer for the garden.
Thanks for stopping by for day one of Know and Grow Your Food camp! We had such a great day full of fun activities! Check back daily to see our campers in action!