Learn to Dig Food at Farm Camp

There may still be a bit of a chill in the air, but it’s never too early to start planning ahead for summer—especially when it comes to camp.

This summer you might want to check out one of the farms in the area that offer summer education programs in ecology, organic foods and nutrition and sustainable agriculture. These programs provide a great way for kids to get an experiential education in healthy food from farm to table.

For five years now, the Crown Point Ecology Center’s Summer Farm and Science Camps have been educating dozens of children from every socioeconomic background with the help of generous scholarships. Their weeklong sessions, on the Crown Point grounds in Bath, allow students to explore ponds, hiking trails, meadows, beehives and a fruit orchard to

learn first-hand lessons in ecology, sustainability and organic foods.

“In light of Crown Point’s accumulated ecological activities,” says Executive Director Chris Norman, “Summer Farm and Science Camp is simply ‘teaching what we practice.’”

Head over to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and you’ll discover the Seeds of Learning Farm and Food programs. Here campers work with chefs, farmers and instructors in the national park to learn “where their food comes from and how their food choices affect their personal health and the health of their

community and environment,” says Stacey Heffernan, director of the CVNP Environmental Education Center. “It’s important for children to discover how delicious a fresh-picked tomato is and how fun it is to collect eggs from the hens for breakfast!”

Ready to sign up your pint-sized foodie? You can find out more about dates and fees for

Crown Point Ecology Center by calling 330.668.8992 or visiting CrownPt.org. For the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Summer Camp, call 330.657.2796 or visit ConservancyforCVNP.org.