Last week, Robin Schultz-Purves and I took a field trip to the Farm at St. Joe's. As our Green Adventure Camp (GAC) Coordinator, Robin is always looking for new experiences for campers. She was eager to check out the Farm as a possible GAC field trip destination.
|The entrance to The Farm at St. Joe's|
And okay, I'll just admit that I love visiting farms and local food facilities -- I spent many years prior to coming to Rec & Ed working in nutrition promotion and local food issues.
|Farmer Dan Bair and Laura Meisler |
with sliding raised beds.
Yes, there was a beautiful hoop house full of plants you can't put into the ground outside until late May or early June. Dan grows crops to sell at a weekly farmers' market in the hospital and sources some into the cafeteria as well.
When Dan mentioned that each summer he releases groups of beneficial insects inside the hoop house, Robin lit up. One of our new GAC camp themes, What's the Buzz, is all about insects and entomology. What better field trip could there be than a trip to The Farm to see good insects do their thing?
|Note the state of Michigan|
cut-outs on the sides!
The photo at the right shows one of the many creative gardening tools in the barrier-free hoop house. It's a rotating planter so that a person in a wheelchair, or someone who has trouble standing or squatting, can garden while sitting.
There's something about being around growing things that helps ideas bloom. I'm looking forward to more dreaming and planning with The Farm at St. Joe's.