By Kaitlin Roberts
A few summers ago, I spent my days doing yoga, enjoying grapes off the vine, canning jam, touring a chocolate factory, and meeting the best chefs and farmers in town. This wasn’t some getaway to Cape Cod or Tuscany. I was right in the Lake Norman area, working as a camp counselor for Know Your Farms Food, Land and People Day Camp.
The camp for kids ages 8 to 12 is back again for its fourth summer with a new Charlotte location, camp manager, and even more kid-friendly adventures.
Megs Eichorn, who joined Know Your Farms in October, is running the camp this summer. Eichorn came to Charlotte from The College of Charleston, where she recently earned her master’s degree in environmental studies with a focus on the local food movement.
“The camp will be hands-on,” Eichorn said. “and we’ll be cooking things from the garden and using recipes that hide the veggies, like zucchini bread or beet cake.”
Though Know Your Farms is not religiously affiliated, the business will rent space from the Unity of Charlotte building. Campers will have access to classroom space and a garden.
Eichorn says campers will have a chance to plant and harvest vegetables, and they’ll also be making birdfeeders or wind chimes to decorate the garden.
“[Decorating] will be a way for the kids to see the garden change, since they won’t see much change in a weeklong session,” she said
These sessions run in June and July. Each week is based on one of several themes, including wild safari, picnic fun, camping adventures and around the world.
While zucchini bread and beet cake are in store, Eichorn also wants to focus on nutrition and teaching children about their relationship to the land.
“Most kids don’t know where their food comes from,” Eichorn said. “I want kids to realize the importance health through food, being creative and living a healthy lifestyle.”
Although Eichorn knows she won’t revolutionize health in one week, she hopes her campers can teach their families a thing or two about living well.
“It has to start with parents,” Eichorn said, “and one way to educate parents is through kids.”
At the end of the day, Eichorn is looking forward to teaching her campers and enjoying the outdoors. “There are so many ideas I’m excited about,” she said energetically. “And I really want the kids to have fun.”
Want to go?
The Know Your Farms Food, Land, and People Day Camp will be held in the Unity of Charlotte building: 401 E Arrowood Road, Charlotte
June 17-21 Wild Safari
June 24-28 Picnic Fun
July 8-12 Camping Adventures
July 15-19 Around the World
$300/child, each additional sibling $25
CSA members get a $25 credit toward CSA account for each child enrolled in the camp
Contact Megs Eichorn, at 980-225-1020 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.