As a fun-filled summer comes to an end, we look back on a truly magical time spent on the Kin Park Youth Urban Farm! Countless memories and friendships were made, a sign of a summer well spent!
Farm and Cooking Tasks
Each week the campers helped with watering in the green house, harvesting beans, tomatoes, basil, and patty-pan squash, and transplanting kale starts into the ground for our winter crops. It was so much fun getting our hands dirty and experiencing new things out on the farm! In addition to this, we learned how to dry apples for necklaces and made kale chips, as well as learned how to can beans and make pickles! Another highlight was making pizza in the Community Kitchen’s cob oven at Centennial Park!
Recipe: Kale Chips
Recipe from: www.allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-kale-chips/
1 bunch of kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non-insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
Activities & Crafts
Some of our favourite activities included playing ‘grounders’ on the playground, various forms of tag throughout the park, visiting the Centennial Spray Park, and of course spending Friday afternoons at the Duncan Aquatic Centre! Craft highlights included creating recycled magazine paper beads, dream catchers, bracelets, gods-eyes, and painting terracotta pots (which we later planted flowers in)!
One of our favourite craft-activity hybrids was suggested by some of our campers in the first week, called Doodle Dudes, which involved passing pieces of paper around the table, each time adding increasingly more hilarious features to the kid created creatures. These funny drawings made an appearance each week, and were always a great source of group cooperation as well as endless laughter.
Fall Camp Programming
With the teacher’s strike continuing on into the fall, we are offering an extended season of KinPark Kid’s Camp, which will include the weeks of September 2-5 and 8-12. The cost will be $100 for the week Sept 2-5, and $125 for the week of Sept 8-12. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 250-748-8506, or visit the Garden Pantry Thrift Store at 360 Duncan St. for more details.
*If the strike ends during these two weeks, camp will be cancelled accordingly as the students return to their regular classes.