Food Camp: Day 3

Hi Campers!

Today our theme was Flower to fruiting bodies to seeds – Lifecycle of plants and pollinators.

The pictures wouldn’t upload to the blog so check out all the pictures of the week so far!

Campers started the day by picking apart beans to see the different parts of a seed. Campers used magnifying glasses to identify the small parts.

Campers have been hard at work on their STEM projects all week. This week they have been exploring the process of food products. Each Pepper group is making a product from things grown at Tollgate and are figuring out how it gets from field to table. This includes costs of making the products and hiring labor to sell and package it and even marketing for their products!

Campers got to meet with Mr. Tim, a Tollgate beekeeper, in the afternoon. He showed them a beehive and answered their questions about how bees live. Did you know a beehive is kept at 92 degrees? The bees work together to keep it as constant as possible. Campers even learned that the best way to take out a stinger after being stung is to scrape it off and not pinch it. When you pinch the stinger, it squeezes the venom into the sting.

Their other bee activity was making natural bee houses. They made a Mason bee house out of a can and bamboo and another natural bee house out of a piece of a log. Did you know not all bees live in colonies? The Mason bee likes to live in solitude so making them a home where they have an individual space helps them find a home at Tollgate.

Ranch Mashed Potatoes

  • 2lbs. unpeeled red potatoes
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ butter milk
  • 2 Tbs. Butter
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp dried dill
  • Pepper

Cook potatoes in boiling water for 15 minutes or til tender.  Drain.  Add other ingredients mash until desired consistency


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