Students Learn About Growing and Preparing Local Food

"Farm to Fork" summer camp at Knox College

August 14, 2013

Farm to Fork at Knox College

Two-dozen grade school students learned about every aspect of "local food," during two sessions of "Farm to Fork," a summer camp held in July and August at Knox College.

News Coverage of Farm to Fork:
"Camp Teaches About Local Food" in the Galesburg Register-Mail
"Teaching Kids to Farm in Town" on Tri States Public Radio

The camp sessions were taught by Peter Schwartzman, associate professor and chair of environmental studies at Knox, and Matt Wallen, manager of Growing Together, an educational farm in Galesburg.

In addition to classroom sessions, the students got experience with planting, harvesting and preparing their own food.

Schwartzman and Wallen also took the students on field trips to local growing operations, from a large-scale farm outside of Galesburg to small, neighborhood plots close to the Knox College campus.

Scenes from Farm to Fork 2013 at Knox College

The camps, offered to the students at no charge, were supported by a Specialty Crops Grant from the Illinois Department of Agriculture to Knox County and the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Agency.