School girls in La Crosse are putting away their cell phones to spend time on a farm.
Chickens, horses, and pigs, oh my! This week at the Deep Roots Community Farm in La Crosse, you might find a group of people you wouldn’t expect.
For the first time ever, the Deep Roots Community Farm partnered with the La Crosse Art Shop to host a camp just for middle school girls. They do a little bit of everything.
Ana Whitford, Camp Participant: “We feed the chickens, play with the pigs, that was pretty fun, eat out of the garden, that was pretty fun too, and I think today we’re going to groom the horses.”
Joy Thomas, Camp Participant: “We play with a lot of the animals, that’s our favorite thing. We go in the horse pasture, we eat a lot of fruit and vegetables here in the garden.”
Camp Director Ana Skemp says the girls will walk away with much more: “We wanted to offer them an environment where we’re able to connect them to healthy food and nature but above and beyond that really give a safe, comfortable, beautiful place for girls of this age to come together and have a great week, enjoying themselves on the farm, learning about animals, bonding, making some great art projects together, and just really having a good time out here on the farm.”
Jeni Blake, owner of Inspired, helped start the camp because she believes it provides important lessons for middle school girls. “It’s just designed to provoke deeper thought about who you are.”
The camp is three days long and the girls are asked to leave the technology behind. And the girls say that when they get out on the farm, they don’t miss their cell phones and technology one bit.
Reporting: Fox 25-48’s Erin O’Brien