City Roots Farm

Children learn where their food comes from at City Roots Farm Summer Camp, field to fork! Through guided participation in farm work, art and culinary activities,  children will connect the farm-to-table dots and leave with new skills.  Ages 8-12. Click on a week below to sign up!


Week 1: June 5-8

Week 2: June 12-15

Week 3: June 19-22

Week 4: June 26-29


Time: 8:30 am-12 pm, farm-fresh snack included

Price: $175/per child


Hear what our parents had to say about Summer Camp! 

My daughter just finished City Roots summer camp. She absolutely loved it! Very hands on - from picking the fruits & vegis to cutting & preparing them for a yummy recipe. Each day she came home with fresh fruits & vegis or flowers, recipes & more. Most importantly she tried new foods that I'm sure tasted better being made farm to table by her own hands. I wish they had a middle school and adult version!
One of the best camps for children in Columbia. They learn, harvest and make the best simple foods from the farm. Love it!
Thanks to Erin for a wonderful week of City Roots summer camp! Our son had a wonderful time and learned so many things about the farm. I hope you will consider doing this again next summer!

Our Weekly Summer Camp Program

No matter which week you choose,  your child can expect to participate in the following day-to-day activities! Camp runs Monday - Thursday from 8:30 am to noon.


DAy one: sustainable Farming 101

Children start camp with a tour of the farm to learn about what we do, including: field crops, beekeeping, greenhouse microgreens, animal and fish husbandry, composting, flowers, solar power, and farm events. 

Activity: Plant Prints
Campers will partner and forage around the farm for interesting shapes, textures, and colors to make our own natural works of art!

Activity: Making Butter
We'll make individual jars of butter by hand and enjoy it on fresh baked bread with local honey and preserves!


DAy two: harvesting and pickling

Children will experience where their food comes from first-hand, starting with harvesting vegetables and herbs from the field. Once we have our ingredients, we’ll head to the kitchen to learn more about fresh vs. preserved foods, then make refrigerator pickles! 

Activity: Homemade Refrigerator Pickles 

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DAY Three: tasty tomatoes and seed saving

Children will learn more about the champion of the summer garden, the tasty tomato! We’ll harvest and taste different varieties of tomatoes, learning the culinary basics of fresh sauces by making salsa fresca from field to fork. Campers will then learn about the importance of saving seeds, making and decorating DIY seed packets (filled with tomato seeds!) to take home..

Activity: Making Salsa Fresca

Activity: Seed-Saving and DIY Seed Packets


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day four: farm-fresh eggs-cellent ice cream

Children will meet our feathered friends on the farm. They’ll help feed and water the chickens, collect eggs, and then head over to the kitchen to use farm-fresh eggs in a recipe.

Activity: Making Ice Cream
We’ll use farm-fresh egg yolks to make a homemade custard to churn into ice cream. We’ll incorporate farm-fresh berries and/or fresh herbs (like mint!) and edible flowers for garnish. Children will eat the ice cream they make.