Students get their hands dirty at the farm |

Students get their hands dirty at the farm

A cold overcast June morning didn’t dampen the spirits of a group of 26 nine-year-olds from Meadow Vista. The kids were too busy picking strawberries, planting corn and harvesting garlic at Loma Rica Farm on Tuesday to notice the unseasonal weather.

It’s the first time the farm has hosted a “kids camp” but Vice President Nell Scannon says its something the farm hopes to offer in the future to local schools.

The group of third graders from Live Oak Waldorf School will spend two days at the farm as part of the school’s hands-on farm curriculum.

Boys in hooded sweatshirts crouched together over the soil, pushed a finger into the damp earth then dropped in a corn seed. A few rows up, other children with mud-caked knees struggled to loosen fat garlic bulbs with shovels and hands.

“We want them to know where food comes from,” said teacher Jane Mulder. This year, third graders are learning basic skills and tasks necessary for human life on the planet, she said. Besides growing their own food, they are learning to cook and build things including a duck house for the ducklings they have raised.

“They are quite diligent workers as a result,” Mulder said.

On Wednesday, students will learn harnessing and other horsemanship skills from Rock-n-Horse Ranch. They also might get treated to a wagon ride.

The food harvested by the students will be sold at the Loma Rica farm stand which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday off Brunswick Road.

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