WOODINVILLE–The 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living received a grant for $21,000 from the Dean Witter Foundation to develop and implement a pilot project for expanded field trip programming.
Robin Crowder, marketing and development director for 21 Acres, stated, “We are pleased to receive this support from the Dean Witter Foundation to further engage young people on the farm with more direct hands-on experiences with gardening. We also look forward to bringing children into the kitchen and teaching them how to prepare simple snacks from the fresh food grown on the farm.”
21 Acres estimates that more than 50 school groups have participated in youth educational programming in recent years with very positive feedback. The pilot project will build on these successes and be targeted to local pre-school and elementary students and be even more focused on learning goals and outcomes.
Crowder says, “Academic research is showing that children today are becoming increasingly disconnected from nature. They spend more time now in front of a television or computer screen, than in the past 30 years.”
The 21 Acres program will address this issue and provide outdoor activity coupled with education related to cooking and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
This will be connected with classroom teachings at their schools to help children learn how to live more sustainable lives.
During the pilot phase, Crowder says that 21 Acres estimates hosting more than 600 children through an initial school selection process.
“We have staff with professional experience in education, farming, youth programming, and culinary training and teaching families and children how to cook. We have had many successes related to our existing education programs which have been developed and implemented by these staff members and our team is excited to build an augmented program that will get children even more active and engaged with nature.”
If you’re inspired to look for farm activities for your kids this summer, don’t forget to check out the Seattle Tilth at 21 Acres Youth Farm Camps. A few spots remain in the July and August sessions, ages 3 to 14; information at http://seattletilth.nonprofitsoapbox.com/woodinville-21-acres.
21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living is a comprehensive campus with a farm, school, commercial kitchen, market and green-built facility located at 13701 NE 171st Street, Woodinville, WA 98072.
All the programming and services offered through 21 Acres focus on the areas of growing, eating and living. Click or call for more information; 21acres.org, (425) 481-1500.