Yesterday, on my way to Julian Elementary to make fruit and vegetable juice with Eliot’s class, I heard this story on our local NPR station. (The harvest of the month is kale – juicing seemed like the best way to convince kindergartners and first graders to eat kale! Well, that and Hershey Kiss bribes.)
I was particularly struck by the weather’s drought and Camp Stevens’ flourishing. Before I left for Eliot’s school, I typed up the Camp Stevens’ Annual Report for the Diocese of San Diego’s Annual Convention. Among the highlights where new, hands-on/dirty farm to table programs for guests of all ages, over 10,000 pounds of food from the farm and gardens (produce, eggs and meat), a FULL summer camp, and ending the year without budgetary panic. For all of these things, I say “thank you” to all of you who contributed by coming or giving!
2014 promises some exciting things as well – another full summer camp season (fingers crossed – registration opens SOON!), new, innovative ways to encourage campers, students and retreat guests to interact with creation on the trails and through the farm and gardens, great food coming out of the kitchen, and perhaps even we’ll get final plans drawn up for St. Mary’s/Karelius Cottage that burned in the 2007 Angel Fire.
Which brings me back to the news story I started with. Please do think of us and pray for us as the fire season begins months too early. We’re in pretty good shape: San Diego County has just finished removing thousands of dead trees from our property and we have a healthy system in place for fire reduction and evacuation.
It’ll be an exciting year for lots of reasons – here’s hoping fire doesn’t make that list!
Whim: “sudden idea.” This weekly-ish post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!