Campers Tianna Jemison, left, and Sydney Newman check on their vegetables. Photo: Special to The Star
The Calhoun County Extension office hosted Camp Cane Creek July 9 through Aug. 3 for kids ages 6-12 at the Cane Creek Community Garden. Campers became junior master gardeners and junior master conservationists. The master gardener program taught the campers about gardening, maintaining plant life, harvesting crops, selling product and canning vegetables. The conservationist program taught campers about ecology, pollution prevention, waste management and natural resources.
Regional horticulturalist, Dani Carroll, started the first week of activities by showing campers how to identify the plants at the community garden and teaching them what plants need to survive. Dr. David West, County Extension coordinator, taught the campers the importance of trees, how they grow and how to classify them.
The first group to attend Camp Cane Creek, now known as ‘The Beetles’, were taught many skills and learned information that they can use in their daily lives to help them serve their community in a positive way.