What is the Real Food camp?
Real Food is an educational summer camp experience just for teens like you that combines the study of current food issues with team-building activities, hands-on learning and conversations with experts.
This program centers on food, which seems like a simple subject. In reality, there are many facets to food such as food production, health and nutrition, food insecurity, cultural traditions, carbon footprints and food safety. During Real Food’s intensive session, you’ll study local and global concerns such as food insecurity and hunger, local food systems, biotechnology and how the environment is affected by food production. In addition to studying food issues in-depth, you’ll work with other students during daily team-building exercises, gardening, and meal preparation.
Field trips to relevant sites such as a farmers market, DuPont Pioneer, and the Neely-Kinyon Research Farm operated by Iowa State University enhance the written course materials and provide you with opportunities to talk directly with experts in food science, engineering, food production, nutrition and wellness and more. Each day concludes with time for you to reflect and talk to the other students about what you’ve learned.
If you're interested in taking your learning a step further after the camp experience, the teaching staff will help you plan your own independent project for change that relates back to a food issue that you’re concerned about. After completing your project, you have the option of presenting your project results to next year’s class of participants. Project summaries will also be posted on the web site.
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