About the farm

A small-scale ecological farm on a summer camp, Young Roots Farm at Camp Amy Molson is a nourishing, accessible learning space nestled in the foothills of the Laurentian forest, on unceded Anishinaabe and Kanienke’ha territory. Our goal is to motivate youth to eat, think and act for a greener future, and to strengthen our communities from the roots.

Since 2011, we have been building abundance on the land with the conviction that pulling food from the soil is the most fun and delicious way to foster healthy attitudes towards food and our environment. We grow food to prepare it and share it together. With over 550 participants throughout summer camp season and harvest season, cooking and working together, we are reminded along with kids of all ages that the goodness of the earth is what sustains us.

Our farm produces over 900 kg of vegetables, fruits and herbs without chemicals or pesticides, with methods that build soil and invite  earthworms, frogs, snakes, wild turkeys and humans to find their balanced place in the ecosystem.

Visit Camp Amy Molson to find out about how to join us for summer camp  for 5-13 years olds or learn about Farm and Wilderness Camp for 12-17 year olds below.

Young Roots Farm Report 2019

Farm & Wilderness Camp

Every year before the summer holidays end, Young Roots Farm runs a 5-day program for teenagers from 12-17 years old. In 2020, from August 17th-21st, we will be serving up a week of fun activities, wild workshops and wholesome nourishment. Practice growing food, forest survival, running a business and much more!

Find out more

FWC 2019 Report

In 2019 Young Roots Farm…

  • Grew over 900 kgs of vegetables and fruit (check out our Harvest Log)
  • Composted 2000 kgs of food and organic waste from the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Sold over $4000 of fresh vegetables, pesto, hot sauce and pickles at 4 different markets around the region with our teen entrepreneurs

Learn more about our initiatives Below!

Composting and Our Environmental Impact

When we ask our campers about their dreams for the future, their answers are simple: Clean water, less pollution and more kindness for a better future. As an organisation that has the well-being of children at heart, we take seriously the responsibility of moving towards those dreams despite the difficulties that lie ahead. We know that there is much more to be done and we need to hustle!

During the summer, our camp is a village of hundreds. The good times and delicious meals come with an environmental impact.

Per day of operation, our composting program collects about 100 lbs of food waste from the dining hall, brown paper from the bathrooms, yard waste from the camp and farm and animal manure all to be combined and composted on-site. Using a static-aerated-pile method to reduce odor and speed up decomposition, we turn our waste products into a valuable source of organic matter and nutrients for our farm.

As a farm, we are constantly working on improving our relationship with neighbouring indigenous communities and farmers, incorporating regenerative farming practices and practicing our best intentions of what it means to live in good relation with the land. Our next goal is to reduce the amount of garbage produced at camp, reducing single use plastics and dollar store purchases that fill our dumpsters.

Young Roots Products!

On top of all our fruits, veggies, eggs and mushrooms, we also make our own products! Our oldest campers known as the Leaders-in-Training (LITs) as well as our Farm and Wilderness Camp participants are given an opportunity to learn what it means to run a business. Throughout the process of bottling deliciousness, they learn skills and experience different sides of our local food system. Takeaway lessons include the sweat and tears it takes to make a buck and how often you have to wash your hands.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to know where you can find our pickles, hot sauce, pesto, vegetables and t-shirts!

Happy to start our harvest season!!

Posted by CAM Young Roots Farm on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Harvest Party

Every year in September, we invite all friends, family, campers, old and new staff to come share the end of season harvest. It’s a chance for everyone and anyone to come see what we are about and share food, recipes, live music and great weather. Don’t miss out!

Donations

Special thanks to our funders and donors who help make the farm possible.

  • Thanks to Koumbit for gratuitously hosting our website!