My kiddo and I went on a farm tour and summer camp preview at Suzie’s Farm last week. We drove down about 25 minutes south of Mira Mesa and arrived to a fun farm filled with lots of activities. We were greeted by a few farm doggies and camp hosts when we arrived. We soon learned that the farm was named after Suzie – the original farm dog.
We got to know each other with a welcome song and dance as we learned everyones name. It was a fun icebreaker to get the kids excited about the day. We got a brief intro to all the summer classes that are offered then we headed out on a tour of the farm.
First we made friends with the chickens and even watched them eat a cracked egg. I had no idea the chickens would eat their own eggs if they happened to crack. Shell and all that egg was completely gone after about 2 minutes.
Then we walked along the rows of the farm and picked a few treats along the way. We picked yellow cauliflower, swiss chard, and cabbage. They were gearing up for a strawberry picking event that weekend so we stayed clear of those.
My girl was not too excited about all the dirt we had to walk through to tour the farm but she was happy as a clam when it was time to eat.
We had a delicious meal catered by Indulge Contemporary Catering with ingredients right from Suzie’s Farm. We had a really yummy butternut squash soup, stuffed squash, lamb and a pesto pasta. My kiddo is a little young to enjoy their summer camps but would love to head back for one of their fun family day events.
Another part of the camps is to create a Frakenveggie. This was really fun for the kiddos. The kids take all the pieces of produce they harvested from the farm to create a face (Frakenveggie).
Suzie’s Farm Summer Camps
In the unique outdoor setting, participants will acquire a deeper understanding of their natural surroundings with a stimulating curriculum filled with adventure, fun and learning as day campers explore various aspects of the farm.
Suzie’s Farm’s interactive five-day camps are targeted for school-aged children K-8th grade and provide 10:1 instruction and mentoring by trained staff.
Farm Animals (June 16-20): Campers will spend the week with a hands-on experience with a focus on the world of bugs, birds and other animals that help grow food. Each day will also include caring for the camp garden. (Grades K – 5)
Junior Farmers (June 23-27): From planting seeds to harvesting the crops, campers will discover the ins and outs of a vegetable farm. The process of how seeds become plants, caring for the camp garden and tending to the chickens are some of the activities kids will enjoy. (Grades K – 5)
Farm Tools (July 7-11): Tools and tasks on the farm range from small to large and this camp covers them all. Kids will spend the week learning how to use farm tools, build chicken coop and explore the fields of Suzie’s Farm. (Grades K – 5)
Dirt Time! (July 14-18 and July 21-25): For the exploratory camper, days begin at the farm and take off to explore the surrounding fields and estuary. Kids will learn to track animals, develop primitive skills and expand their curiosity. (Ages 6+)
Farm Art (July 28 – Aug. 1): For the artistic farmer, this camp will include garden looms, creating food art and birdhouse painting. Campers will create art from the farm to brighten up their own home and garden. (Grades K – 5)
Farmer’s Market Camp (July 28 – Aug. 1): For the older campers, this week is dedicated to the incredible journey a seed takes from planting until the time it is consumed. Campers will learn to advertise, set up and run a farm stand resulting with their own stand on the farm at the end of the week. (Grades 5-8)
Farm Food (Aug. 4 – 8 and Aug. 11-15): Campers will engage their hands, heart and taste buds as different vegetables are explored. Through cooking lessons and other activities, campers will come home with a camp cookbook full of recipes from their week.
All camps are $285 per child with sibling discounts available. Campers can be registered at www.suziesfarm.com/community/suzies-camps/. Suzie’s Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shareholders will receive a $15/child discount.
Camps are held select weeks Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with aftercare available for an additional fee. At the culmination of each week, families will gather for a Family Fiesta hosted lunch where campers have an opportunity to showcase what they learned on the farm that week.
2570 Sunset Avenue
San Diego, CA 92154.
ABOUT SUZIE’S FARM
Suzie’s Farm is located on 140 beautiful acres near the Tijuana Estuary, 13 miles south of downtown San Diego. Created by Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandra in 2009, Suzie’s Farm is a USDA-certified organic farm that grows over 100 different types of crops per year. Suzie’s Farm products are found in many area Farmers Markets, grocery stores and restaurants and through our Good Farm Box, Farm Raiser and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.
We received a farm tour and lunch as media consideration. All opinions are my own.