What is Root Camp?
Root Camp is a residential field-to-table cookery school for teenagers aged 15-21. We work in the kitchen creating simple, healthy and cost effective meals from scratch that we eat together as a group. We spend half our time doing activities ‘in the field’, which ranges from planting and harvesting, fishing, foraging, beekeeping, spoon carving and more.
At Root Camp, we believe that to really know what is in a dish, you must cook it, and that cooking – simply or ambitiously – is one of the pleasures in life and a crucial part of being an adult.We see what vegetables look like in the ground, how they taste when freshly picked, the kind of people who nurture them, and the process by which produce reaches our plate. We bring together young people from all backgrounds and are proud of our diverse community.
Young people leave Root Camp understanding the value of what they eat, and with many skills that support an independent and healthy adult life.