Edible Earth Camp


Preparing for a game of Prairie Hide and Seek

The busiest week out of the summer for some of my fellow service members and I is Edible Earth Camp. We have campers with us from 8:30 to 3:30 every day for a whole week! Even though it takes a lot of stamina to run around with kids for that long every day, it’s a great way to spend time after many weeks of catching up on paperwork and weeding gardens.


Every day we travelled around Northeast Iowa visiting different places that grow and produce food. In total, we visited Seed Savers Exchange, Waving Grains Bakery, The Winneshiek County Farmer’s Market, WW Homestead Dairy, and the Decorah Fish Hatchery. We are so lucky to have such a wealth of local food organizations all less than 45 minutes away!



Ashley Assists with Breakfast for a Brand New Calf

Beyond our daily field trips, we also got to cook, craft, and play games together. In the end, my favorite part is always watching how kids grow and change during a week at camp. Many develop new friendships, try new foods, and gain new experiences that allow them to expand their horizons and maybe influence their lives beyond camp.



Here’s a shout out to our wonderful and patient tour guides at Seed Savers, Waving Grains, and WW Homestead – We had a lot of happy campers thanks to you!




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