Farmer aims to educate kids about food production this summer

FALL CREEK, Wis. (WEAU)- Starting this summer one area farm is opening its doors to kids to teach them more about where their food comes from.
Just like planting seeds in a pot, Whitney Coleman has hopes that a little idea will sprout into something big.

“One of the best ways to increase vegetables in a child’s diet is to get them involved in a farm or out in a garden,” Coleman said.

Coleman is turning her 40 acre farm in Fall Creek into a classroom this summer, with hopes that kids and adults will form a connection with food.

“They'll learn everything from how to seed in the greenhouse to transplanting and weeding. We will also take care of animals too,” Coleman said.

Coleman says she got the idea to start a Young Farmer’s Camp after opening her farm a few years ago.
Katydid Farm is built on the idea of "community supported agriculture" -- a unique business plan that allows customers to get their hands dirty and help grow their own food.

“People source their vegetables from this farm. They get a weekly box of vegetables. They can choose to just pick up the food or help around the farm for a discounted price,” Coleman explained.

For nine year old Tom Tomesh, picking veggies and collecting eggs is something he's looking forward to doing this summer, but the thought of turning farming into a future career is something he still isn’t sure of.

Coleman says she knows full-blown farming isn’t for everyone, but connecting with food is something she hopes to instill in more kids and adults this summer.

“It truly is my passion to be working with the earth and grow food that is nutritious and to be teaching others how do this for themselves so they have that connection,” Coleman added.

Coleman says her young farmer camps are about half way full for this summer. The three day camps are offered to kids age 8-11. If you'd like more information on the camps we have a link to more information on the right-hand side of this screen.

In addition to her community supported agriculture farming and her Young Farmer’s Camp, Coleman and a business partner have also started a business called Home for a Hen.

That enterprise allows people to rent two hens for 2 ½ to 5 months at a time. Along with the hens, customers get a portable chicken coop and feed for the duration of the chickens stay.

To see more information on Home for a Hen, follow the link on the right-hand side of this screen.


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