As much as they look forward to the end of the school year, lots of teens start to get a little bored by midsummer. Eating junk food and watching re-runs on Nickelodeon gets old after a while. Meanwhile, a group of teens have been gathering high on a mountain side, plotting a food revolution. Learning the ins and outs of our industrialized modern food system, visiting farms and gardens, cooking produce from the High Rocks gardens, and sharing fresh, healthy meals, the young women in the “Future of Food” class are anything but bored.
At a two-week sleepover camp called Camp Steele, they are among a few dozen girls who are spending 6 hours a day in experiential classes that explore one topic or theme in more depth than they can do throughout the school year. The Future of Food class engages girls to think critically about how food is produced and consumed in the U.S. and across the world. Here are some pictures from their recent trip to Grow Appalachia market gardener, Karline Jensen’s farm where they gathered eggs from her new chicken tractors.