Camp goes to B Street Farm to study food, water, energy

by: COURTESY PHOTOS: CENTRO CULTURAL YES-STEAM - Camper Dailene Mora (right) checks the health of her worm habitat for a project at B Street Farm and gets teacher Johanna Wood to add water in order to keep it moist.Last Wednesday ended a month of experiments and discovery at Pacific University’s B Street Farm for about 80 students in grades three through eight. Organizers of Centro Cultural’s YES-STEAM camp (Youth Empowered Success — Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) brought the youth to B Street to study food, water and energy systems. by: COURTESY PHOTO: JOHANNA WOOD - Xiclaly Mojica cuddles a guinea pig at the B Street Farm in Forest Grove. What I learned at the Farm was how to carry the animals carefully and be with them, she said.

Activities ranged from harvesting, grinding and baking wheat grown on the farm, to monitoring water quality in nearby Gales Creek. Pacific University Students helped develop and deliver the experiential curricula.

by: COURTESY PHOTO: JOHANNA WOOD - YES-STEAM students check out an aquaponics set-up, which grows plants in water rather than soil and includes fish to provide nutrients for the plants. The B Street system is a small demonstration model, whereas a larger aquaponic system can grow both nutritious leafy greens and also fish protein in a small space with a small output of energy.   “I like the farm,” said Leodan Flores, one of the campers. “We did a lot of activities (and) learned about nature and animals.”

“I learned that when we carry a bunny it is important for their feet to be in the back so they don’t scratch you,” said Maria Isabel, another camper.

“You learn a bunch of new things every day and it distracts you,” said James Murillo. “And it’s fun.”

While the B Street portion of the camp has ended, other elements will continue through Thursday, Aug. COURTESY PHOTO: CENTRO CULTURAL YES-STEAM - Students with the YES--STEAM camp (Youth Empowered Success--Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) get ready to harvest wheat at the B Street Farm. They later ground the wheat and baked it into bread.

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