Over this past summer, I worked as a counselor-in-training at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture Farm Camp. It was a four week program that entailed one week of training and three weeks of hands-on work with young kids. Stone Barns Center is nonprofit farm which practices and promotes sustainable agriculture. Throughout my time on the farm, I worked with 8 and 9 year olds, helping them develop farming, cooking, and collaboration skills, while advancing my own leadership abilities and farming literacy. We got to spend all day outside, shadowing different employees, from the greenhouse, to the field, to the compost station. Because Stone Barns Center is attached to the renowned Blue Hill Restaurant, we also got to learn from the chefs about their daily routines and what it takes to truly be a farm to table restaurant. The overall experience of working on the farm was wonderful. Because there was a good, even mixture of learning with other high school students my age and teaching our knowledge to younger kids, everyday was exciting. If you love the outdoors, are interested in sustainable agriculture, or love working with children, I highly recommend the counselor-in-training program at the Stone Barns Center upstate.
(Pictured is the main field at the Stone Barns Center and the restaurant Blue Hill which lies in the middle of the farm.)