7/17/14

Meet our Farm Camp 2014 Counselors

We’d like to you meet the amazing counselors who are making Arcadia’s 2014 Farm Camp possible. They’re quite a talented and enthusiastic group!

For the past two weeks, Brittany, Jeyna, Liz and Rosario have spent 9-10 hours a day preparing and creating a positive and interactive food camp experience for Arcadia’s campers.  We're so grateful for all of their hard work!

Read on to virtually meet each of them!


Brittany Owen  

What experiences have prepared you for this position?
I have worked with children from a variety of backgrounds and developmental needs as an attendant, tutor, volunteer, and sister. My family also has quite the suburban farming project, with chickens, goats, rabbits, and garden crops.  As a child, my favorite things were animals, being outside, and learning – and they still are! I’m excited to share that enthusiasm with young learners.

What are you hoping to learn as a Farm Education Intern at Arcadia?
I want to explore first-hand the different kind of learning styles among children, especially in a space that allows them to engage with the environment on their own level. I am interested in how a successful nonprofit works on the ground level.  I also wouldn’t mind picking up a few tricks about sustainability to bring back to my family’s plot!

If you were a vegetable, what would you be?
Mustard – it has a surprising amount of zing to it!



Jeyna Diallo

What experiences have prepared you for this position?
I was a counselor at Woodlawn Stables Summer Camp for a season, which prepared me for educating kids in an outdoor camp setting. Also, I'm an Environmental Studies major so I've learned a lot about sustainable agriculture practices and how important they are for both humans and the planet. Growing vegetables in my own garden and working to get my brother and sister excited about healthy eating has also prepared me for this job.

What are you hoping to learn as a Farm Camp Counselor at Arcadia?
Throughout the four weeks of camp, I'm hoping to learn more about putting sustainable agriculture methods into practice and the best strategies to get kids excited about sustainable farming, cooking, and eating.

If you were a vegetable, what would you be?
I would be a cucumber because then I could wrap my tendrils around a trellis and climb super high! 

Liz Fabis
What experiences have prepared you for this position?
I first became interested in sustainable farming while earning my bachelor's degree in environmental studies. Visiting idyllic farmsteads during field trips spurred me to take a summer job at an organic farm in Ohio, where I quickly learned the dirty, grueling reality of working the land. More recently, I've been volunteering as an field trip facilitator at Common Good City Farm, a Washington, DC-based farm with a very similar mission to Arcadia.

What are you hoping to learn as a Farm Education Intern at Arcadia?
I'm excited to share my passion for gardening, farming, and healthy foods with children. In return, observing how children interact and learn from nature is fascinating to me as an educator. I am currently pursuing a Master's in Landscape Design from George Washington University, so I'm hoping that this position will yield insights into how to create landscapes that not only beautiful and functional, but also serve as learning tools to foster environmental knowledge and appreciation.

If you were a vegetable, what would you be?
I'd have to say a tomato. Like tomatoes, I absolutely can't tolerate the cold, and as with many recipes involving tomatoes, I am often quite cheesy.


Rosario DeFlores

What experiences have prepared me for this position?
Some of the experiences I would like to share are that, I have been working in Early Childhood for more than 16 years.  And believe that, children should have different opportunities to explore nature in a safe, nurturing environment.  Also, doing activities with hands on experiences not only help them to develop their fine motor skills but also their cognitive skills.  By allowing children explore, asking them open ended questions it gives them opportunities to learn new information.  Also, being a mother is another real nurturing experience to add.

What I am hoping to learn as a Farm Education Intern at Arcadia?
I am hoping to learn the different opportunities Arcadia has to offer for families with children who are eager to learn.  And also the new varieties of activities that are planned for the children during this camp experience.  I am looking forward to follow the lead of my Camp Director with the support of other educators as well as Camp Counselors and to learn from their experiences.

If I was a vegetable, I would be …!!
Lettuce!! Because there are different kinds of lettuce, some are colorful, soft to eat and it is added in the majority of main meals. Lettuce is also easy to grow and does not require at lot of space to produce.


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