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Idea is to help ‘ kids to un­der­stand more about farm­ing and food pro­duc­tion’

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JULIE COLLINS jcollins@cbost.com

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.

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