Meet our staff: Counselor Natalie Warren

Natalie is our Farm Intern turned Arcadia Farm Camp counselor and we’re so excited to have her! She’s been a huge help on the farm this season, including helping with our farm field trip program. Read on to learn more!
 
Why are you excited to work at Arcadia Farm Camp this summer? 
I am excited to work at Arcadia Farm Camp this summer because of the wonderful staff and kids I get to work with. Unlike regular field trips where I only spend a few hours with the kids, Summer Camp is a great opportunity to teach kids about farming and local food systems while really getting to know them and what makes them tick. Also, I am excited for the chicken station!


 

Tell us about your previous experience with garden or farm-based education.
I started working on farms in Ireland and Scotland when I was 19 and absolutely fell in love with the farming culture and community. I worked with an organization in Minneapolis called Youth Farm and Market Project where I helped run after-school programming, teaching kids how to garden and cook produce grown in their own neighborhoods. I have been helping Arcadia with farm work and field trips since March and I can’t wait for this season’s summer camp!


 

What’s your favorite vegetable?
My favorite vegetable is the brussels sprout, specifically grilled up with some teriyaki and ginger. mmmmm….

Meet our staff: Team Leader Carling Sothoron

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.

Meet our staff: Team Leader Rachel Clement

There are less than two months until the start of Arcadia Farm Camp! We can hardly wait! Stay tuned over the next several weeks – we’ll be posting about the awesome team we’ve assembled. Read on to find out more about Rachel Clement, one of our two Team Leaders.
  • Why are you excited to work at Arcadia Farm Camp this summer? 

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.

  • Tell us about your previous experience with garden or farm-based education.

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.

  • What’s your favorite vegetable? 
Broccoli is my favorite food. Seriously. Broccoli and chocolate. Dinosaur kale is a close second.

 

Arcadia Farm Camp Q&A at Family Fun Day

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.

Registration still open – spread the word!

 Although our original deadline has passed, we’ve still got slots open at Arcadia Farm Camp, so keep those camp registrations coming!

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.

Arcadia Farm Camp registration deadline extended

We’re extending the registration deadline for Arcadia Farm Camp to April 15register  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.

Thanks!

Space still available at 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!