The Kitchen Garden Corps summer camp was formed 3 years ago at Clarke Middle School where Wick Prichard served as our first AmeriCorps VISTA school specific gardener. The KGC was our idea of how to make use of a school garden during the summer. In the KGC, we focus on cooking, gardening, food preservation, animal care, and DIY building projects. Students can choose to focus on one area, but we encourage students to try all aspects the camp has to offer. A sample day may look like:
Student arriving at 8 AM, playing a game, doing some work in the garden, making their own homemade snack, preparing part of our Thursday meal, canning dill pickles, cleaning up, and heading home at noon.
The camp meets Monday to Thursday from 8 to 12 at Clarke Middle School. We have a camper run restaurant on Thursdays which usually means camp runs that day until 1:30 – 2 pm. The restaurant is located at the HT Edwards Building (Athens Community Career Academy) a couple minutes walk from Clarke Middle. We start camp May 30th, the Tuesday after Memorial Day, and our last week is the week of the 24th of July. The only week we do not meet is the week of July 3rd – 6th, due to the Fourth of July. Also, during the week of July 10th – 14th we will not hold the KGC at a school, and we will not run our restaurant. We will instead go on a backpacking trip, leaving that Monday and returning that Thursday. We have not decided on a location but it will be in the North Georgia mountains or right across the border in North Carolina.
The camp cost is $20 a week, but we also have scholarships available. We encourage students to participate for two weeks at the minimum to get the most out of the program, but you can choose any two weeks over the summer that work for you, and can attend more than that if you have interest. If there is a week at camp that has a particularly high enrollment, campers who are signed up for all 8 weeks may be asked to sit out that week. The Registration, Expectations and Scholarship Application forms are all located below. These can be emailed to email@example.com or delivered to Wick Prichard at the Athens-Clarke County Extension Office located at 2152 West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606, next to Longhorns Steakhouse.