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July 16, 2013

Area farm shows kids food's origins

A Walton family farm is providing campers a chance to learn more about their organic farmstead and have fun, an organizer said Monday. 

Art Farm Camp offers five, one-week sessions from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the farm of Kate and Dan Marsiglio — Stony Creek Farmstead — in Walton. The pasture-based farm raises a variety of animals.

Classes are either for students age 5 to 9, or 8 to 14, depending on the topic. In its second year, the summer program year started with Farmstead Friends the first week of July for the younger group. Eco-Discovery was held July 8 to 12 for the older children and Art in Nature for ages 5 to 9 is underway.

Half the day is spent learning about different aspects of the farm, Kate Marsiglio said. The other is spent working on art projects related to the lessons.

Most people are far removed from farming, and one of the goals is for children to know where their food comes from, she said.

The art show at the end of the week is an important part of the day, and gives parents a chance to show their support and be involved, she said.

This week’s program includes harvesting vegetables for lunch, making bread and butter, and homemade paper.

Next week’s program is for children ages 8 to14 and is titled “The Naturalist.” This will include building a survival shelter, stitching a leather journal and making tea from wild plants. The final week, July 29 to Aug. 2, for ages 5 to 9, involves milking a cow and feeding pigs, identifying wild plants and making wind chimes.

Marsiglio said she has a master’s degree in education, and briefly taught in a New Jersey public school when she realized that isn’t what she wanted to do. Her interests were more focused on the outside world, she said.

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