Over a three-part workshop series with the Uxbridge Outdoor Quest Summer Camp program, Phil and Kate Collins from Foggy River Farm empowered and led campers in the creation of an edible raised bed planter, filled with a variety of annual and perennial crops.
Campers in the first week dug post holes and began framing the planter with cedar wood. The second week completed the construction of the frame, and applied cardboard as a sheet mulch. The third and final week added mulch and soil to the bed, and planted strawberries, lettuce, kale, elderberries, and peppers in the garden. Many of these activities were brand new experiences for the campers.
The hope is that in years to come, the Summer Camp participants can both plant and then harvest the fruit and veggies for donation to local food banks.
The project is part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge campaign called, “Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit”. Encouraging kids and their families to stay active and healthy is the goal of the Community Challenge.