Idea is to help ‘ kids to understand more about farming and food production’
Day camps to focus on farming, food production.
Kids don’t usually think about where food comes from - they just head to the fridge for a snack or the cookie jar for a treat.
Summer student Sarah Hurley of North Sydney is hoping to change all that during this year’s Cape Breton Richmond Federation of Agriculture day camps.
“We will be doing lots of other fun stuff, but a big focus is going to be on agriculture and helping kids to understand more about farming and food production,” Hurley said. “We are planning to do some greenhouse gardening, and we’ll try our hand at making butter and yogurt. I’m also planning to offer arts and crafts, yoga and mini-rugby. Some of what we do will also depend on the kids and their interests.”
The camps started July 8 and continues until Aug. 14. Registration is ongoing.
“There are a lot of kids who live within walking distance that might want to come to camp for one day, or five days a week,” she said. “Our goal is to offer activities youngsters can enjoy with kids their own age in a safe, a fun environment.”
Throughout the summer, the participants will help take care of the Seton school garden that is on the exhibition grounds.
“We want this to be memorable, and it is always a good thing when you can help a youngster build confidence in themselves and their abilities,” said Hurley, 17, a Grade 12 student at Riverview High School. “I’m in the fine arts program at Riverview, so I’m hoping to be able to showcase some of the kids’ artistic talents as well.”
A branch of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, the Cape Breton Richmond Federation of Agriculture supports local farming communities, farmer’s markets, various equestrian activities, the annual Farmer’s Exhibition, and a host of agriculture events, to name a few.
JULIE COLLINS/ CAPE BRETON POST Sarah Hurley, a summer student with the Cape Breton Richmond Federation of Agr i c u l t u re, goes over a list of activities offered during this year’s day camps.