Harvesting Hope for Others Farm Camp for kids is a 15 week camp for children ages 7-15 years old. Our farm camp meets Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm from May 23, 2018 through September 19, 2018.
Each of the 17 children attending farm camp has their own 4x6 raised garden bed that they planted on May 23rd and will nurture and raise through harvest in September. Each week, the children weed and water their garden bed as well as the surrounding in ground gardens. All produce raised from the garden is being given to families in need in the Fargo/Moorhead area through our Free Produce Box program.
Harvest Hope Farm strives to Harvest Hope in others by enhancing their physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health through a hands on farm experience and education concerning sustainable food resources and environmental stewardship.
In addition to tending to their gardens, the children attending farm camp learn about sustainable food resources and environmental stewardship by also working with the farm animals, exploring nature on the 13 acre farm, learning from others professionals in the community including extension agents and NDSU agriculture students and staff. Children who attend farm camp are encouraged to bring what they have learned at the farm, home, to teach their families how to grow their own garden and how to support the environment through using compost, recycling and being good stewards of the blessings they receive.
In addition to learning about sustainable food resources and environmental stewardship, children attending farm camp are able to develop leadership skills, self-confidence, social skills, life skills, and increased self-esteem.
The produce raised from this summers Harvesting Hope for Others farm camp will be given to 10 families with children in the Fargo/Moorhead area that are struggling to make ends meet. Farm camp will be offered annually with a goal of serving 100 families within the next three years.
Funded by Cass Clay (August 2018)