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What is Root Camp?

Root Camp is a residential field-to-table cookery school for teenagers aged 14-21. 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 to bee keeping, spoon carving and more.

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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.

“Before (I came to Root Camp) I liked sleeping and smoking, now I like making focaccia."

    - Izzy

"I would just like to thank you so much for what was the best week of my life."

    - Rosie

“I liked working on the farm and learning about where food really comes from. Linking farming to cooking was fun – and farmer Ed was cool."

    - Imogen

"It was amazing, and an inspiration!"

    - Patrick Holden (Farmer and Director, Sustainable Food Trust)