Field-to-Fork Day Camp for Kids
Focusing on future farmers with a four day Summer intensive
Monday, June 24, 2019 through Thursday, June 27, 2019
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
$450 per session
The main objective of this camp will be to provide local kids with a holistic picture of farm life in Virginia. This four day session will be offered to a group of 8-12 year old campers, and through a hands-on curriculum focusing on animal care, cheesemaking, and the culinary arts, will strive to provide a truly field-to-fork experience.
Gail Hobbs-Page and Eliza Leineweber Lathrop have developed an on-farm curriculum with emphasis on food as it relates to sustainability, science, and nature. Through guided activities such as animal care, cheesemaking, vegetable harvesting, foraging, and cooking with ingredients from the farm, the objective will be to teach campers invaluable skills while also encouraging mindfulness and giving each person a sense of their role in the local food system.
Snacks & lunch will be provided each day. Transportation will need to be arranged by each parent.
About the teachers:
Gail Hobbs-Page, owner of Caromont Farm, has been making farmstead goat cheese in Esmont, Virginia since 2007. For the past several years, the farm has made it a goal to host as many people as possible, with the intention of giving them a peek into their local food system. Hobbs-Page teaches cheesemaking classes and a variety of culinary workshops and has hosted visitors from all over the country at her annual baby goat “Snuggle Sessions,” but has the hope of expanding community outreach even more. She would like the chance to expose people, particularly young people, to more than just a moment on the farm. “These kids should have an opportunity to see the whole picture” she says. “There are so many teachable moments in farming and we don’t necessarily get to focus on that when we have big events here.”
The dream of working on a farm education venture has been a shared goal of Hobbs-Page and Eliza Leineweber Lathrop. Lathrop is a garden resource teacher at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Punahou in 1992 and returned to Hawaii in 2007 after receiving a degree from Cornell University (while working as a chef at Moosewood Restaurant and somehow also finding the time to study horticulture, animal husbandry and farm construction at Cornell's Agricultural school), as well as a double Masters in Teaching and English from the University of Virginia. She will be taking a sabbatical to enhance her agricultural repertoire and will be joining the Caromont Crew to help run the camp this summer.