The other day a camper came over to me and said, “How come there are so many butterflies in camp this year?” I referred him to another camper who was just coming out of one of my groups. (The kids are the best teachers on the farm.)
Later that day, in another of my groups, we were talking about the pollinators we’ve been attracting to the farm while observing some bumble bees flying in and out of the big yellow flowers on our summer squash. Another camper said, “I’ve been coming to this camp for four years and I’ve never seen so many bees and butterflies.”
“That’s the whole idea,” said a 19 year-old counselor who was taking pictures of the bees with her cell phone. We then sat down in the shade of a tree and had a long conversation about beneficial insects, the dwindling numbers of bees and butterflies across America, the fact that we don’t use toxic chemicals on the farm, and how fortunate we are to be doing our part to turn that around at camp.
I have often said the farm is a spiritual place, and as I talk with the campers about a natural, healthy environment, it is clear they are making connections between G-d, nature, water, soil, air, insects, birds, flowers, and vegetables. We have some pretty deep conversations about these things and I am frequently in awe of our children and their growing concern for the planet and all living things,
I am also thrilled that so many have asked me if they will be able to bring their parents to their farm on Visiting Day. The answer is an enthusiastic yes. We look forward to seeing you.
Below are some amazing pictures taken this week on the farm. We have been blessed by increasing numbers and varieties of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, with more pouring in every day. It is a joyous thing to see the kids’ appreciation of the wonders of nature. Please join us in the celebration.
Until next week, say a prayer for our winged friends, and Stay Dirty.