Children harvest and donate food as part of summer day camp experience

​After spending summer days tending a garden they helped plant, children of Discovery Day Camp at Frank Liske Park in Concord will bring in their harvest next week – the final week of summer camp.

The 16’x16’ garden plot is now sprouting forth a bounty of okra, tomatoes, squash, green beans, basil and popcorn. The majority of food will be donated to Cooperative Christian Ministry’s food bank.

With the help of Master Gardeners (a volunteer group of trained gardeners through N.C. Cooperative Extension), the 37 summer campers in the camp’s garden club worked in the garden each Tuesday and Thursday morning. These summer campers also collected items to add to the compost bin to help nourish their plants. Through the eight-week summer day camp experience, campers watered plants, pulled weeds, spread mulch and learned gardening tips.

The garden club at Discovery Day Camp complements the camp’s focus on exposing children to nature while promoting a lifestyle of healthy eating and physical activity.

This garden may become a community garden in the future. In the meantime, the garden plot at Frank Liske Park will be used throughout the fall months as a learning lab for some of Cabarrus County Parks’ ongoing nature and wildlife classes.