Camp Jotoni Grows!
Camp Jotoni Grows ! is a joint project between The Arc of Somerset County and the Rutgers University Extension Service and The Master Gardeners of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties in New Jersey. The project brings together a non profit organization that serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and our community gardening experts at the Master Gardners of Somerset Counties. The goal is to provide the individuals who attend The Arc's summer camp program - Camp Jotoni, with the opportunity to learn, experience and enjoy nature and natural foods though our gardening/ nature program. The compents of the program include a vegetable garden, a herb garden, a nature trail, composting and sensory experiences. With resepct to the garden, campers with disabilities are involved in all aspects of gardening including planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. Once produce is harvested, campers bring their bounty to the camp kitchen and help transform the produce into a healthy meal that is enjoyed by all (The Arc serves over 200 Campers each summer). Each year, the Master Gardners add a new component to their garden/ nature curriculum for the campers. In 2013, a composing barrel was added, so that campers could see the full cycle of plant life - from planting, to growning to harvesting to table with scraps going into the composter and then back into the garden once it became soil. Next year, a rain barrel will be added to our garden to allow for learning about water conservation. This program is in it's fifth summer at Camp Jotoni and our campers look forward to this component of camp each year. We have been able to awaken senses and expand learning and new skills in the campers we serve through the Camp Jotoni Grows ! program.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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