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Farm Discovery At Live Earth

Live Earth Farm Discovery Program

Organization Mission

To empower local youth and families to build and sustain healthy food, farming, social and natural systems. Farm Discovery provides year-round opportunities for people of all ages to learn to grow and prepare healthy, plant-based, organic foods through hands-on programs including summer camps, field trips and community events.

The Big Idea:
Summer Farm Camp Scholarships for Low-Income Youth

Our goal is to provide scholarships for 50-60 local, low-income youth to attend Farm Discovery Summer Camps at Live Earth Farm’s 150-acre patchwork of working organic farm, riparian corridor, oak and redwood forest in Pajaro Valley.

Farm Discovery aims to positively transform young people’s relationship to food and the environment as they learn about the importance of taking care of their bodies, our environment, our communities and the natural world. Campers plant, pick, preserve and cook fruits and vegetables, save seeds and make compost, make healthy snacks, as well as feed and care for our chickens, dairy cow and goats.

One in four low-income Santa Cruz County children ages 5-19 are obese, according to the Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project and summer learning loss inequitably affects economically disadvantaged populations. Farm Discovery wants more kids to have access to its educational programs, regardless of ability to pay.

At camp I loved picking and eating berries, making pickles, popsicles and zucchini bread, feeding goats, touching a cow, walking up the big hills and playing with other kids. I had never seen these animals, planted anything or baked bread before coming. I liked the black chicken, she was so sweet!

— Maria L., age 9, Watsonville resident, first-time camper and Farm Discovery at Live Earth 2016 scholarship recipient