MOORESVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - As students throughout the Tennessee Valley get ready to start their summer breaks, many parents are scrambling for ways to keep their children engaged during those school-free months. One new summer camp wants to do that by essentially taking children back in time.
Mooresville's 1818 Farms wants to introduce young students to daily farm life.
"It's almost like there's a generation gap," said owner Natasha McCrary. "It's something your grandparents or your child's great grandparents did. And then farming and this way of life with backyard chickens and raising your own produce sort of went away in the 1970s and 1980s. It's very cyclical and everything's coming back full force and there's a lot of people who are just interested in learning more, but really want someone who can walk them through the process."
The farm plans to host its first-ever day camp this summer for children ages 8 through 10. The three-day camp will pack all aspects of the farm into four hours of activities.
"We wanted to offer an experience for children they couldn't get anywhere else," said McCrary.
Campers will learn to care for animals, as well as how to grow and cook their own food.
"They just think food comes from a grocery store and not an actual garden," said 1818 Farms Teacher Tony McGehee. "It's good to teach the kids how it grows, when it grows and really just to buy local and eat local."
The students will also collect eggs, write letters and explore the surrounding historic community.
"They're going back in time, really, to 1818," said McGehee. "They're going to see a town that really is original."
1818 Farms Three-Day Kids' Camp
Session 1 - June 8, 9, and 10 (9:00am - 1:00pm)
Session 2 - June 22, 23, and 24 (9:00am - 1:00pm)
$175 per child
Sessions limited to 16 children each.
Children will need to bring their own lunch.
Water and bug spray will be provided by 1818 Farms.
Each participant will receive an 1818 Farms t-shirt on the first day.
For more information about the camp, visit 1818farms.com.