July 9, 2012

Farm camp: chores and a chicken coop

For one week, young people attend a 'magical classroom' that connects them to an often distant natural world.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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A group of youngsters taking part in a farm camp at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough explore the chicken pen as they learn about agriculture and animal husbandry. The Broadturn farm camp tradition this year became the nonprofit Long Barn Educational Initiative.

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Vanson Cardullo, 9, from Saco, pets a cow at the Broadturn Farm in Scarborough, where he’s learning about life on a working farm.

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"It's helpful for kids to know where their food comes from. It's helpful for them to get dirty and get their food from somewhere other than the grocery store," she said. "That's something you have to see to understand."

Stacy Brenner, who runs Broadturn Farm with her husband, John Bliss, said farm camp started nine years ago when they farmed in Cape Elizabeth. They continued the camp after moving to Broadturn Farm, which they lease from the Scarborough Land Trust. Switching to a nonprofit and giving more control over educational programming to Dunn and Perron Dahlen seemed like the right thing to do, she said.

"They really wanted to expand it to a larger community," she said. "We really think (farm camp) creates a lifelong appreciation for local agriculture."

Providing access to the farm for community members is also important, Brenner said. She and Bliss earlier this year signed a lease with the land trust on part of the 434-acre farm on Broadturn Road. The public Silver Brook Trail Loop runs over part of the property, but Brenner said she wants the community to feel more connected to the farm through educational opportunities.

Brenner also enjoys watching children experience life on the farm.

"Their enthusiasm just makes it all worth it," she said. 

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Cooper Johnson, 7, from Scarborough, moves a load of hay for the chicken coop at the Broadturn Farm. The farm camp gives youngsters a hands-on personal look at agriculture.

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Cameron Jury, 11, from Scarborough, carefully holds a baby duck during the farm camp at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough.

 


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