Agriplex ‘Sown in the Soil’ Summer Camp programs taking place in June and July

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CULLMAN, Ala. – The North Alabama Agriplex “Sown in the Soil” Summer Camp programs are beginning in June for kids to experience growing and harvesting vegetables, sewing, folk skills like candle making and many more fun activities. There are several camp options this year for kids of all ages. Registration can be completed at https://agriplex.org/WPtest/.

Preschool and Elementary Garden Camp – June 6-10, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Elementary Garden Camp is for children ages 6-11 (without an adult).

Preschool Garden Camp is for children ages 3-5 with an adult (at no additional cost). Campers will work in raised garden beds at the Agriplex and take-home projects to continue learning. Both camps are $50 per child.

The Preschool and Elementary Garden Camps have been held every year for about nine years. The event is usually held over five-weeks, but this year will be held all in the same week. Agriplex Director Rachael Dawsey said, “Usually we do it on Wednesdays throughout the summer so that the kids can see things grow. But we think this’ll be easier on families to do so they don’t forget which Wednesday it is. It’ll all be in one block.”

Kids will get to harvest and plant in the garden. They will also get to participate in a cooking project with the vegetables they have picked and take home some of their harvest to their parents.

Cullman Touring Farms for Kids – June 16-17, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This annual tour features wo days of farm tours across Cullman County. One day will be in Hanceville and the next in the Hartselle area. Lunch and dirt dyed T-shirts will be provided. On the first day, kids will be visiting several different facilities including Gibbs Garden Center, Tinney Hall to see their cattle operation, Wallace State to tour the Horticulture facilities and J. Calvert Farms to see the vegetable farm.

For day two, kids will visit WaterWorks to tour the Environmental Education center, Fagerman Farms to observe the sheep operation with 1,000 lambs, Reeves Farm and Vulcan Material. Each day, groups will begin and end at the Agriplex. Paying parents are welcome to attend but may need to drive separately. This event is for ages 7 – 13.

$40 per person. No refunds.

Winston County Touring Farms for Kids – June 13-14, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Winston Touring Farm for Kids is for ages 7 and up. The group will spend two days exploring local farms in Winston County. Drop off and pickup will be at Winston County Extension Office in Double Springs, Alabama. Lunch, snacks and T-shirts will be provided! This event is free and participants can register through the Winston County Extension Office: 205-489-5376.

Nature Day Camp- July 7-8 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This is a day camp exploring the natural world and native American Heritage with adventure activities including hiking, canoeing, heritage crafts and storytelling. For ages 10-14. The cost is $40 per child which includes meals, snacks and T-shirt.

Heritage Skills Camp – June 28-30, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

With the Heritage Skills Camp, youth will be able to creatively learn folk skills while preserving their cultural heritage. Kids will learn skills like leather working, making gourd bird feeders and candle making. This camp is for rising 6-12 graders. The cost is $100 per child.

Sewing Camp 101

June 20 – 24, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Adults must attend with children under 9. Sewing Camp 101 is designed for children interested in learning to sew. Campers will learn the basics of hand sewing while making projects to take home. For ages 8 and up. The cost of attendance is $50 per child.

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