Land’s Sake Farm

A Camp With A Purpose and It’s Green, too.

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Hail to the Pollinators Pastel, Larry Grob Land's Sake Farm Weston MA
Hail to the Pollinators, Larry Grob

Green Power Camp – Land’s Sake Farm in Weston

This summer has been full of surprises, not all good, like the blue green algae on the Charles that cancelled my daughter’s sailing classes (okay, postponed them). On short notice, she needed a Plan B. Enter Teenlife.com (a great resource we have used time and again) and I pulled up a link to Land’s Sake (another family favorite for pick your own flowers, berries and veggies).

Here is the description from Land’s Sake:

The Green Power Summer Youth Program at Land’s Sake farm is focused on learning about sustainable agriculture, food justice, and community through hard work. This work includes weeding, planting and harvesting on our organic farm, leading farm tours, maintaining our education garden, community service and cooking a community meal. In addition to being a great learning opportunity, Green Power teaches the value of meaningful work by giving participants the chance to earn a stipend from the work they do at the farm. Join Land’s Sake and work hard while having fun!

Here is the dirt (pun intended) from the first teen’s week.

Monday: The teens got to know each other, learned about taking care of small animals (goats and chickens), and harvested part of the garlic crop. Messy work. My teen was covered with a soft brown dusting of dirt and really happy about it, too. We still have fresh garlic.

Tuesday: The group traveled to Jamaica Plain to Community Servings to help prepare meals for chronic and critically ill patients and their families. Land’s Sake farmers donated collard greens which were packaged that day as well. They listened to a podcast of Michael Pollan on NPR on the drive there and back. Did I say I love this camp?

Wednesday (the Fourth of July): They harvested bok choy, peas, and carrots for a CSA to be delivered to low income families through a partnership between Horizons for Homeless Children and Community Servings.

Thursday: They were leaders during the Kid’s Café Program. This program enables kids from Greater Boston Boys and Girls Clubs to come out to the farm. The teen campers took them around the farm – garden, chickens, bees, the magic tree, goats and going for a ride on the bicycle-blender!).

Friday: Chef Ellen Touart-Grob helped to plan, cook, and serve up a delicious farm-inspired meal including Chilled Pea Soup, Fresh Summer Rolls, and Herbed Pop-overs!

Doesn’t this sound wonderful? The program also pays the teens a percentage of the profit from Land’s Sake farm stand based on quality of their work through week. Love that, too.

Teen 2 is going to this camp next and I will fill you in on her week.

I forgot to add that I received a hand-written note in the mail, thanking me for sending my child to the camp from the new Executive Director of Land’s Sake, Ed Barker (and it was on a gorgeous pastel of the beehives of the farm. Really). I wanted to write a thank you note for the thank you note, but you know where that leads. So I will write it here.

 

Dear Mr. Baker,

As a mom of two teen girls, we have been in some pretty terrific camps over the years, but none so wonderful as the camp at Land’s Sake. The program is thoughtfully planned, wonderfully executed and combines good values, community service, education, work, fresh air and fun.

I have never received a handwritten thank you note from one of them. I applaud your lovely camp program, your wonderful staff, your fantastic farm and your good manners.

With great appreciation,

 

Nancy Brown

 

Ready, Set…Go! Time to Make Summer Plans

Yesterday was a busy and fun day. First, a friend made me (it was 20 degrees out) run around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir (more than once) while our children did a great soccer program called Junior Academy at Boston College. My friend was so nice and encouraging that I didn’t feel bad that I was probably slowing her down (okay, definitely slowing her down).

After the session we went to the Teen Life Fair at the Mall at Chestnut Hill and so at least 20 neighbors and friends. What a tremendous resource for teens for community service, camps, internships and more. It was fun to connect with people and organizations that we know and learn about new places and opportunities. The Melanoma Foundation of New England had a table with a small covered apparatus that showed sun damage to your face. Umm, yeah. I think I need to make an appointment with my derm (Krauss Dermatology) who, coincidentally, is donating $1 for each Facebook like to their page to the Melanoma Foundation of New England. I know! Small world! I got a pencil and a nice lip balm and the girls took the no tan pledge (it may have helped that I let them see the amount of sun damage to my face in the screening area). You are welcome, girls. Everyone else, do something easy and good – Go like this page on Facebook – Krauss Dermatology. You did? Great, many thanks!

I saw so many people I knew there – like Lauri Meizler of Joos –  I got a nice and much needed pick-me-up from the Green Lemonade (I’ve tried them all – and once upon a time even did the cleanse).

Other great organizations there included The New England Baptist Hospital, REI, The Munroe Center for the Arts, Land’s Sake Farm and the Enviromental Science Program (known as Envi Sci) of Newton.

Teen Life partnered with several companies to make this event happen and the goodie bags were wonderful (each had a sample of Coach perfume, a lip balm and a YA fiction book) and were just right for holding all the paperwork and great information. Wonderful event – many thanks to all!

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