As the start date of Arcadia Farm Camp approaches, we’ll be giving you an opportunity to learn more about our staff. We’re excited about the stellar team we’ve put together, and we hope you are, too!
Keep reading to “meet” our Team Leader Carling Sothoron.
* Why are you excited to work at Arcadia Farm Camp this summer?
I am honored and greatly looking forward to being a part of Arcadia’s pilot Farm Camp. I strongly believe that one of the best ways to connect children with the natural world is through cultivating healthy food and relationships. I know from experience that children are in their greatest element when they are free to be outside and explore. I’m excited to share my knowledge with this summer’s campers and provide the opportunities for them to learn, grow, craft and most importantly have fun!
* Tell us about your previous experience with garden or farm-based education.
I’ve been gardening and volunteering on farms for the last 3 years and I’ve been a childcare provider for the last 10 years. It was only natural that I marry the two and become a garden educator. In 2011, I was a Farm-Based Educator with the Food Literacy Project in Louisville, KY where I facilitated a variety of food-based activities and lessons with children of all ages. I have also been the personal gardener for three different families with children.
* What’s your favorite vegetable?
That’s a tough question. Being vegetarian, I love so many vegetables. Even though my farm name is Carling Carrot, I’d have to say my favorite vegetable is asparagus.
I am passionate about farming, and summer, and kids. I’ve spent the past 7 years of my life involved in the worlds of sustainable agriculture and education — as a field worker then forewoman of an organic CSA farm in Southern Maryland, as a leader of youth environmental groups, and teaching school at the elementary and middle school level. I am so excited to bring my enthusiasm for healthy kids, communities, and food to Arcadia Farm Camp. The best thing is watching a candy-loving kid bite into raw cauliflower they helped grow, and ask for more.
During college I studied biology and environmental studies, with a focus in ecology and plant science. I worked for 4 years at a 4-season organic production farm in Southern Maryland, where I learned about all aspects of sustainable food growth, cultivation, and business management. After completing a Master’s in Teaching, I began teaching elementary school and middle school science and social studies full-time during the school year. This coming year will be my third year at the Lab School of Washington. I currently facilitate a school garden and greenhouse that are maintained by kids from K-6.
We’re really looking forward to Arcadia Farm Camp this July! We can hardly wait for all the planting, digging, harvesting, eating, exploring and discovering we’ll do with your children during our pilot sessions.
In the meantime, we’re planning a Family Fun Day at Arcadia Farm on Saturday, June 16 from 1pm-5pm and we’re planning a brief Q&A for parents of registered campers and interested parents at 2:30pm. It’s a great opportunity to visit the farm with your child, meet some of our staff, and get a sneak preview of some of the fantastic activities we’ve got planned for Arcadia Farm Camp. You can let us know you’re coming by registering online and RSVPing on Facebook.
Please invite your friends! Family Fun Day is open to everyone and we’re excited to welcome the whole community to our farm.
You can also help us spread the word by sharing a link to our site on Facebook or Twitter, and telling your friends and family about the new farm camp in town.
We can’t wait for July! Head to our registration page now for more information about how to register.
We’re extending the registration deadline for Arcadia Farm Camp to April 15 – register your child now for a week of planting, harvesting, preparing, chopping, digging, exploring, learning and fun.
Remember to read the FAQs first and send in all the required forms. You’ll receive a confirmation email once we’ve received all your child’s materials.
And help us spread the word! Tell your friends, family and other interested folks about Arcadia Farm Camp.
Register your future farmer now! We currently still have space available for Arcadia Farm Camp’s pilot season.
We’re planting spring seeds on the farm this week – carrots, sugar snap peas, spinach – and thinking about how it will look in just a few months: giant tomato vines, bright sunflowers, and lots of kids! We’re also thinking up delicious recipes to make: salsa, pesto, cold soups, fresh salads and more. We can hardly wait!
Visit our registration page for more information about how to sign your child up for camp. Don’t forget to fill out and send in all of the necessary forms and your deposit!
While you’re at it, let your friends and family know about Arcadia Farm Camp!