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Summer Camp - Farm, Food, Fun


Ages 6 - 10
June 18 - 22
9am - noon
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

Spend time each day at Laurel Academy Farm, an urban micro-farm down the street from Rhizome, helping out with farm work and learning some basics of growing fruits and vegetables, from planting and harvesting to weeding and making compost. Head back to Rhizome to prepare a snack to share, incorporating ingredients from the farm. Activities to include: planting seeds, sifting compost, harvesting greens and carrots, harvesting bamboo, building with bamboo, preparing a salad, making homemade ice cream with fresh mint, making an herb sachet, making a garden mosaic, garden stories and games....

Email laynegarrett at with any questions or to reserve a space. ($50 deposit required.)

Ann Beman founded Laurel Academy Farm, an urban sustainability demonstration project and learning center, right in her back yard in Historic Takoma. She also runs the Neighborhood Farm Initiative (, which helps food-insecure Washington families start growing some of their own food at the Mamie D Lee Community Garden at Fort Totten.

Layne Garrett is a musician, instrument builder, educator, and parent based in Takoma DC. On the side, he is an avid gardener, ex-farmhand, and fresh food enthusiast. He has a Permaculture Design certificate and has taught at Bethesda KID Museum, Rhizome DC, FutureMakers, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and area schools.