East Galesburg, IL farm camp includes activities, gardening, crafts.

GALESBURG — A new Galesburg summer camp will allow 32 girls between the ages of 12-14 to embark on a week-long journey into the science, math, language, history and bond that a garden creates between nature and humans.

The inaugural Spurgeon Gardens Farm Camp Project is set for July 11-17. The camp is open to girls ages 12-14 with a desire to learn about the earth and food. During the week-long event, each camper and the volunteers who support them will have experiences in the garden, while participating in activities, visits and crafts.

Many of the activities will be at Spurgeon Gardens, 126 Arizona Ave. in East Galesburg. Campers, interns and adult instructors will be housed at Knox College.

“It is a community-driven project dedicated and passionate about providing a sense of community for young women,” said Melissa Kehoe, one of the Farm Camp Project organizers. “A physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy young woman with a positive outlook and worldview, who feels comfortable within their communities, can move mountains. Just as a healthy, sustainable environment can provide for all if well cared for and loved.

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