A group photo beside the garden with participants and organizers.
-by Rosie Aucoin-Grace
Summer has finally arrived and that means Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp is a busy bee hive of diverse activities. One interesting aspect of their agenda are the summer camps available to children of various ages.
Take for instance, the workshops that took place from July 3rd to July 5th at École NDA School. Fifteen students from all Nova Scotia ranging in ages from six to 12 participated in a nutrition camp. La Pèle à la Fourchette (from shovel to the fork) camp was aimed to give the kids a better idea of where food comes from and for them to recognize the link between food and the garden. As well, the camp was geared towards teaching the children to be more confident in kitchen preparation techniques from scratch and exposed to new foods that they had probably never tried before, encouraging the idea that trying new foods can be fun. After three days of working in the community gardens, the village market, trip to an organic farm, and preparation of snacks and healthy meals, these young people returned home with a new and fresh outlook of our food system.
“It was a pleasure to work with a team of young people who were so interested, motivated to work, and learn,” says facilitator Georgia MacNeil.
Executive Director, Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp, Joeleen Larade is a strong believer of youth initiatives and expressed, “I deeply feel that it is through educational venues such as workshops/camps that we can plant the seed so to speak, pique a child’s interest for they learn while enjoying themselves. It stimulates them to think more local food and about the environment around them.” She added, “Children love getting dirty in the ground, playing in the mud, cutting vegetables, and working with animals. This type of workshop provides an opportunity for the facilitators to transfer lessons for life through camp.”
This project was organized by Le Conseil des Arts de Chéticamp and was made possible by the generous support of the Department of Education, CSAP, and various local partners.
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