Area children can expand their palates and develop their social skills at a Farm to Table Cooking Camp coming to Glade Road Growing in July.

The camp is hosted by Blacksburg counselor Scarlett Williams, whose interest in raising the food consciousness of youngsters dates to her earlier position as an elementary school counselor in Arlington, where she began taking steps to expose students to healthy eating options.

“After Reading Michael Pollan’s ‘Omnivore’s Dilemma,’ Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Animal Vegetable, Miracle,’ and learning about Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project, I started thinking about how to bring these ideas to the children I was working with,” Williams wrote in an email.

Upon relocating to the New River Valley with her family, Williams, who grew up in the NRV, discovered Glade Road Growing, and the seed of an idea was planted. This summer she is partnering with Glade Road to offer her Farm to Table Cooking Camp July 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Williams described the camp’s agenda in an email: “The first part of the day will be working on the farm; then we will transition to the kitchen to make our lunch with fresh ingredients that we just cut, snipped or picked. After lunch and cleanup, we will attend to afternoon farm chores before getting to the real business of our afternoon treats, like making ice cream from the milk we watched coming straight out of the cow the day before. If there is time, we will cool off in the creek that runs through the farm’s property.” In addition to time on the farm, Williams says there will be three field trips for parents to participate in with their children — blueberry picking, morning dairy milking and trout fishing — as well as a Friday meal where parents can experience their children’s culinary education.

The camp is designed for kids ages 6-13. Registrations will be accepted until enrollment is full (25 campers). The cost is $255. Glade Road Growing is located at 2351 Glade Road in Blacksburg.

For additional information, and to register, go to http://scarlettwilliamslpc.com/farm-to-table-cooking-camp-est/. Or call Williams at 818-2838.

The Roanoke Times

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