Well our camp concluded yesterday and what a final day it was. We spent the whole day out in the sun at Fry Family Farm's Ashland farm. We walked, we learned, we sketched, we weeded, and we harvested. We even managed to find time for some rock skipping in Bear Creek.
Steve Fry met us out at the farm and started our day with a tour of the grounds. We learned about the soil at this farm and how it relates to the rest of the valley. Steve told us about his mission to constantly rid the farm of weeds that draw bugs in and compete with his plants. This is no easy task in this organic soil. The kids got excited about weed eradication and jumped right into helping Steve do some serious weeding! Eventually we went on a harvesting mission finding and picking things that would be good for a fresh salad. We picked kale, chard, spinach, three types of mustard greens, arugula, tot soy, baby beets, and tiny new carrots. We found a shady spot and made the freshest salad many of us had ever eaten. We even ate off the plates we had made out of our local clay. Pretty neat!
|Chopping Beats and Carrots for our Salad|
|All dressed with a Garlicy Vinaigrette|
After lunch we had a very productive drawing session. Everyone went out into the fields and was asked to sketch a close up of a plant, a person, and some kind of structure or vehicle. Emphasis was on sketching quickly to capture the moment and then refining or adding color latter. Everyone jumped right in; we sketched for almost an hour and a half and all agreed that the time just flew by. The sketches turned out great, these kids have a lot of talent. We spent the last half hour of camp in the shade by Bear Creek, relaxing, skipping rocks, and touching up sketches. It was a very nice finish to our time together.
|Sketching in the Flower Greenhouse|
|Very Focused on some Lupine|
This camp was really a fantastic experience. If the students learned half as much as I did then it was a great success. We could not have done this without some great kids that were a true pleasure to spend my days with throughout the week. I also want to thank those at the Schneider Museum who helped us out especially Holly Kilpatrick, Robin Strangfeld for great generosity in letting us use her studio, our high school volunteers Quinn and Grace, and Josh Weigang for his knowledge and time. I also want to recognize all our guest instructors who helped bring all the peices of this puzzle together: Sarah Red-Larid for telling us about bees, Slaid Sappora for the geology lesson, Betty LaDuke for her telling us about her art, and finally Steve and the crew at Fry Family Farm for opening their farm up to us.
Thank you all so much, this was a treat!