Some folks in New York have an interesting concept that seems like it would work in North Carolina.
In a few weeks, food professionals will make their way to New York’s Batten Kill river valley to walk farm roads, do farm chores and taste the difference pasture-raised and freshness make. At the two-day Farm Camp the connection is made between the cook, local farmers, and the land.
Located in the heart of the Batten Kill river valley, Farm Camp was designed for and by food professionals. It is the only program of its kind created to bring you a wide-ranging, food-focused, exploration of our regional food system. Farm Camp is more than a series of farm tours. Farm Camp aims to expose the food professional to a broad range of agriculture issues that affect not just how and what we eat but also the future of our food system and rural landscape. It doesn’t just show you the farm, it gives you a hands-on farm experience.
Campers start the day with morning chores at their host farm. Then, the day is filled with talks, demos and tours of notable area producers. There are hands-on opportunities along the way, from slaughtering chickens to moving pigs through pasture.
Farm Camp aims to explore the real challenges facing the creation of a vibrant local food system.