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Summer Leadership Positions for Teens at Live Earth Farm

07 May

IMG_3982Local Teens are invited to work with The Live Earth Farm Discovery Program this summer.  Since 2009 LEFDP has offered teen leadership positions at their Farm Camps. This year LEFDP is offering 4 weeks of summer camps with 3-4 positions for teens at each one. Teens will help guide campers through learning and play in our garden, fields and kitchen classroom as well as learning to care for our milking goats and laying hens.

Watsonville, CA, May 7, 2013 – In the summer of 2013 LEFDP will host four weeks of summer camp at Live Earth Farm.  They offer 3-4 Leader in Training (LIT) positions for teens, ages 13 and up. The camps are limited to 25 kids in order to create an intimate experience. LITs help to develop a compassionate multi-age community of young farmers, artists, foodies, naturalists, and environmentalists.

The summer begins with a week of Art on the Farm Camp June 17-21. June 24-28 will debut Young Farmer’s Camp for campers interested in planting, harvesting, preserving and cooking with the 50 different fruits and vegetables grown at Live Earth Farm. The first cohort of campers, age 3- 6 will play on the farm July 8-12 for Sprouts Camp. One more week of Art on the Farm Camp will run July 15-19.

The LIT positions at Live Earth Farm camps offer teens an opportunity to develop leadership skills, serve their community, and teach and learn farming, food preparation and ecology alongside their campers. Each teen is paired with 5-6 campers with whom they work all week long. Their guided responsibilities include enforcing water breaks, taking head counts, and leading community-building activities. Before camp teens participate in a training day with LEFDP staff.  They learn about the developmental stages of the campers they will work with, familiarize themselves with the farm and farm projects, learn group management techniques, and community building games.

The Live Earth Farm Discovery Program (LEFDP) is a farm-based education non-profit organization in Watsonville, California. LEFDP makes seed to mouth, farm to fork, and child to community connections through a variety of hands-on educational programs serving the youth of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Monterey counties and beyond. A special emphasis is placed on reaching under served people in the community to bolster individual, community and environmental health.  We welcome volunteers a number of different capacities. Please get in touch!

Jessica Ridgeway, Director
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