Onalaska, Wis. – (WXOW) – It’s an oasis of a farm, located in the middle of an Onalaska neighborhood.
It’s called Clearwater Farm, and it serves as a summer camp teaching it’s students about the plants, animals and responsibilities that come with farm life. The campers are ages 8 to 13, and they spend time learning both in short classes and first hand just what farms do. It’s also a chance for kid to break away from technology.
“You would think that it’s a tough transition but for them I think the animals are what really make it easy,” said Matt Pagliaro, Camp Director. “They enjoy being here.”
“So far when we’ve got here, I’ve been feeding Ollie, Frosty and Daisy, the donkeys,” said a young camper named Ben. “You feed the animals, you clean up the barn and you’ll be feeding them in the barn too, so different animals get their own type of food.”
Clearwater Farm sits on three acres of land, once a part of the 120 acre Humfeld farm in Greens Coulee. Today, it provides farm and conservation education, through volunteers and memberships. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a part of Clearwater Farm or just visiting the facility, you can go to Clearwaterfarm.org.