Urban farmers

Urban farmers

Category: Healthy eating,
Group size: Whole camp,
Duration: Variable,
Intensity: Moderate,
Requires food purchase Includes notions of healthy eating
This activity was inspired by the efforts of the 2015 summer camp staff from moncampdejour.ca and the 2013 summer staff from Loisirs du Jardin!

Description and organisation

Different fruit and vegetable plants are already in bins before the kids’ arrival, but they still have the chance to sow and transplant other kinds of plants. Additionally, they take care of the garden everyday by watering, pulling weeds, applying fertilizer and collecting ripe fruits and vegetables.

A mini greenhouse is given to each child at the beginning of camp in which they can plant different varieties of seedlings (i.e., sunflowers, radishes, etc.). That way they can watch the day-to-day growth of their plants. After two weeks, they can bring their mini greenhouses home to transplant them into bigger containers and allow the seedlings to keep germinating.

Information sessions are held on different topics such as the greenhouse effect, photosynthesis, germination, and the structure of plants.

A workshop on making insecticide and an information packet about insects (harmful and beneficial) are given to the kids, to make them aware of the detrimental misuse of chemical products on agriculture and allow them to realize the important role insects have in the ecosystem.

Different visits to community organizations and communal gardens might also be of interest.

Skills

  • Developing awareness of healthy eating
  • Planting/gardening skills
  • Discovering new plants

Variations

  • Each child can personalize their mini greenhouse by decorating it
  • A workshop on plant tasting could be organized in order to present different flavors to the kids

Goal

Teaching kids basic gardening technics while sensitizing them to the importance of urban agriculture.

Equipment

  • Plants to sow
  • Earth
  • Gardening trays
  • Watering cans
  • Fertilizer
  • Gardening gloves (optional)
  • Kitchen instruments