Summer Day Camp
Day-Camp Program for Children aged 7 to 10
Program Registration Packages are available at LIFE*SPIN in March.
"Pocket-Sized Farms" mission is to combat child hunger, improve nutrition, and create innovative educational opportunities. This will be achieved by utilizing the combined skills of children, teachers, parents, and neighbours to grow organic food gardens. These gardens will provide a stable source of food, learning, and skills development with children.
Pocket-Sized Farms is an environmental learning initiative.Environmental stewardship, nutrition, and literacy are the foundational core of this outdoor learning centre/day-camp experience.
More than just gardens, these mini-farms are a source of healthy nutritious food and provide an opportunity for environmental restoration.
Our outdoor learning centre is located in Old East Common, an urban oasis in the Old East Heritage District.
Healthy snacks give the children the energy they need to keep up with the active program. We explore our community together, enjoying a wide variety of recreational, environmental, and artistic learning experiences. Our gardens teach us how to grow healthy food, care for the earth, and protect bees & butterflies for pollinating our gardens.
The LIFE*SPIN “Pocket-sized Farms” program is specifically designed to benefit children by teaching them to meet some of their own nutritional, health, and learning needs.
This is achieved in a setting that promotes healthy eating, learning-by-doing, teamwork, and an active lifestyle.
"Pocket-Sized Farms" is LIFE*SPIN's nickname for small areas of property that are used to grow soft fruits, vegetables and other plants. More than just gardens, these mini-farms can become a source of healthy nutritious food, an opportunity for environmental restoration, and a well of inspiration for children, teachers, neighbours, and parents.
Small yards in the Old East Heritage District are often under-used or used for parking. These land resources can be used to enhance child nutrition, improve our health, and create ecologically rich and diverse yards.
"On the first day back to school, I forgot my lunch. So I went out to the garden and made myself a salad. I put spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers in it. It was great!"
(Grade 4 Student- Sir Issac Brock PSF)
Children: The "Pocket-Sized Farms" program is specifically designed to benefit children by allowing them to meet some of their own nutritional, learning, and health needs. This is achieved in a setting that promotes healthy eating, learning-by-doing, teamwork, and an active lifestyle.
Parents: We encourage parents to participate in this project that helps assure good health, education and nutrition for their children. We have noticed that children who grow their own fruit and vegetables are keen to experiment with foods they otherwise might not try.
If you are interested in Pocket-Sized Farming in the Old East Heritage District, or if you would like to volunteer or take part in the program, please contact us at:
LIFE*SPIN "Pocket-Sized Farms"
866A Dundas Street
P.O. Box 2801
London, ON N6A 4H4
Tel: (519) 438-8676
Fax: (519) 438-7983
The Childrens' Garden Book - Pocket-Sized Farms sells for $10 each or $8.50 each for five or more copies. The Teacher's and Parent's Guide to Organic Gardening will sell for $25 each.
Contact LIFE*SPIN (519) 438-8676 to order copies or send cheque (payable to LIFE*SPIN) to LIFE*SPIN, P0 Box 2801, London, ON. N6A 4H4, Canada.