Youth Cultivate Appreciation for Healthy Food at Urban Farm

Tucson Village Farm is a working urban farm designed to provide youth with an understanding of sustainable food systems.

The farm is operational year round and during the summer kids have an opportunity to participate in week-long camps designed to teach healthy food choices.

Leza Carter, program coordinator and founder of Tucson Village Farm, says TVF is an environment designed to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy life choices.

“We consider ourselves a ‘seed-to-table’ program,” says Carter. “We show (kids) what’s growing in the field and, ideally, they have a chance to harvest it and cook it.”

Carter says farm camp participants experience 35 hours of farm immersion, learning the ins and outs of farm life through daily farm chores, live animal demonstrations, presenters, and daily food preparation.

“The goal is really exposure-–we just want to expose these kids to as many tastes and healthy foods as we can,” says Carter.

Nine-year-old Miles Lyons has attended the TVF camp for three years and he’s enthusiastic about many of the daily activities.

"It’s very awesome… I’ve learned how to harvest potatoes, tomatoes, and all that great stuff,” says Lyons. “Cooking: I’ve been learning how to make omelets… it’s been awesome.”

Read the rest of this June 19 Arizona Public Media article or watch a mini-documentary about Tucson Village Farm's summer camp program at the link below.

Contact name: 
Leza Carter
Contact email: 
lezacarter@email.arizona.edu
Released date: 
Jul 5 2012