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Local youths explore summer farm camps

Aug 4th, 2014 | Category: Growing

Common Threads is in the middle of its summer program, including Farm Camp and its special Pizza Camp and Camp Pasta. The group is a Bellingham-based non-profit focused on hands-on, seed-to-table educational experiences.

The Farm Camp will hold two more sessions in August, including Aug. 11-14 and Aug. 18-21 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Participants plant and tend vegetables, prepare food straight out of the garden, and visit with animals such as rabbits, ducks and sheep, among other activities. The camp is recommended for ages 4-7. The cost is $125 per person.

Exploring vegetables at the table (top) and meeting rabbits at Common Threads (below). PHOTOS BY BRITTANY LOBATO

Exploring vegetables at the table (top) and meeting rabbits at Common Threads (below). PHOTOS BY BRITTANY LOBATO

The group’s Camp Pizza program was held in July, and now comes Camp Pasta, when participants do just that: learn about and make fresh pasta. The camp is held Aug. 4-7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The cost is $185 per person.

Fee reductions may be available based on need. For more information, visit and contact Director Laura Plaut at

Another upcoming program is the Farm School at Highwater Farm in Mount Vernon, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16. This hands-on camp is open to all ages, and covers plants, roots, seeds, harvesting, weeding and more. It will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $35-60.

In addition, a Teen Girls Camp for ages 11 and over takes place Aug. 18-22 at Highwater Farm, daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program includes  farming, yoga, exercise and more with Robyn Pipkin and Danielle Chevalier. Registration is $150 and includes lunch from food grown on site.

Call (360) 424-3289 or e-mail Discounts are available with annual family memberships.

Earthways Nature School in eastern Whatcom will hold an Eagle Overnight Camp for ages 9-16 on Aug. 11-14, focused on exploring and learning primitive skills. For more information, see

Additional camp information can be submitted to 

Published in the August 2014 issue of Grow Northwest 

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