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Farm To Table Camp A Big Hit
Thursday, August 17, 2017
When you think of WSWHE BOCES do you think of farmers markets and local farming communities? This year's Enrichment Resource Center's Farm to Table culinary camp, for students in grades 6-8, helped to make those connections.
As an education cooperative, WSWHEBOCES provides unique experiences for students, grades K – 12, in 31 school districts. Culinary camp has always been a very popular offering. This year, chefs Maureen Clancy and Bruce Hoffmann wanted to introduce students to the idea of locally sourced food and help build an appreciation for community farms.
“Farm to Table, and in some cases Farm to School, is a social movement which promotes serving local food at restaurants and school cafeterias, preferably from the producer. Farm to Table often incorporates a form of food traceability, or knowing where your food comes from,” said Clancy.
With 583 farms in Saratoga County, the movement is growing.
The camp, which took place at the F. Donald Myer's Education center in Saratoga Springs for one week at the end of July included visits to three local farms. Campers picked garlic, herbs, zucchini and Swiss chard at the Old World Farm in Stillwater, blueberries at Winney’s Blueberry Farm in Schuylerville, and learned about dairy farming at King Dairy in Gansevoort.
“We had great community partners for this venture. With so much discussion about modified foods, its great to know we have so many organic options in our area. We really wanted to help educate students about healthy foods,” said Hoffmann.
Each day, campers made dishes using the produce that they picked on their field trips and brought home culinary delights, such as zucchini muffins, blueberry jam, quiche, and even homemade blueberry ice cream, among many others, to share with their families.
When asked what was their favorite field trips, hands down it was King Dairy because “we got to see baby cows and they nibbled on our fingers,” said one camper.
In addition to learning their way around the kitchen and how to cook, campers gained an understanding of the importance local farming has in our community. By doing this they will contribute to making locally sourced agriculture sustainable.
Clancy and Hoffmann hope to add an additional section next summer depending on enrollment. For more information about other Enrichment Resource Center offerings, visit wswheboces.org/enrichment.
Campers show the garlic they harvested at the Old World Farm in Stillwater.
Working the soil at the Old World Farm in Stillwater.
Picking blueberries at Winney's Blueberry Farm in Schuylerville.
Campers at King Dairy in Gansevoort.
Learning about dairy production at King Dairy.
Back in the classroom making blueberry turnovers.