Fall 2010 Volume 71 #1
Published in the interim between camp seasons
by the Farm & Wilderness Foundation
Thriving in Many Ways own skin nothing feels like a greater luxury than just being
yourself, in your own body.
By Tulio Browning, Timberlake Director
I want to dedicate this article to the staﬀ of Timberlake. They
It’s easy to visualize garden analogies when the words ﬂourish were everywhere, doing everything for everyone. They ran the
and thrive are mentioned. But also consider: activities with creativity and dedication. They incorporated
treasure hunts into swimming lessons, helped kids build
Flourish: “To make bold and sweeping gestures” new structures around camp, and created innumerable other
“Dressed as a pirate, he entered the stage ﬂourishing his magical moments.
(That certainly has a place at TL) They were our Trips Leaders, who planned and played in all-
camp games and events such as Spy Night, Interdependence
Thrive: “To progress toward or realize a goal despite or Day, F&W Fair and our Banquet. In the cabins, they strove
because of circumstances —often used with on <thrives on to gracefully and appropriately handle campers reluctant
conﬂict>.” to fully recline into bed at night or rise up in morning.
They juggled Band-Aids and bedtimes stories, conﬂict and
Now, being Quaker-based camp, we choose to thrive on the exuberance. Parents know that the tools needed to do this are
challenge of peacemaking and cooperation. At camp, that’s no more than a handful of tricks and an enormous resource
a process involving a lot of fun and playing hard, as well as of patience and persistence. Thank you to all the TL staﬀ of
being still and open. 2010. You are incredible and gave so much this summer, we
all grew and ﬂourished because of your spirit and integrity.
I think children grow best and are most joyful when they
are encouraged to make or take part in “bold or sweeping And thanks to all the campers for being the inspiring young
gestures” and we do this best and sustain it when we have men you are – just by being yourselves and getting into life
familiar places where we rekindle ourselves: Our bunk, our at Timberlake, you become the windstream that lifts us and
Meeting Circle, the abundance of our kitchen. With this lets us soar.
illustration by Prill Hinckley
balance of boldness and security we can ﬂourish, or grow
luxuriantly. Curiously, Finally, thanks to the parents – you are the bedrock that
I think we feel most
luxurious not when Inside Interim makes this whole venture possible.
we’re inside a limo or How we flourish, thrive and live Have a wonderful Fall.
silk suit, but when we joyfully at F& W.
are most present in our Tulio Browning ﬂourished this summer at Timberlake.
Farm & Wilderness 2011
Full Summer Session June 29- August 14
July Session June 29- July 22
J1 Session June 29- July 10
August Session July 24- August 14
A1 Session July 24- August 5
Fair and August Visiting August 13-14
Greetings to our Farm & Wilderness Community, Family Camp August 22-28
Autumn is our time of year for celebration and reﬂection. Barn Day Camp
As we marvel at the glowing red leaves around us, we read Session 1 June 27-July 8
camper, parent and staﬀ surveys and reports to assess: Did Session 2 July 11- 22
we provide a safe, challenging and rewarding experience
for our campers? Session 3A July 25-August 12
Session 3B July 25-August 5
While there will always be room for improvement, the
message from these surveys conﬁrms what we have felt this Session 3C August 8-12
summer on the ground: Farm & Wilderness is ﬂourishing, F&W Events
and the joy of our campers is felt throughout the valley Ice Cutting Weekend February 18-21
and the world.
Spring Planting Weekend May 27-30
I just had the opportunity to spend a few weeks of vacation Fair August 13
with our own young campers (Spruce Catherine and
Teale Cedar, Indian Brook Big Lodgers; and Silas River, Harvest Weekend October 7-10
Barn Day Camp Beaver). As a parent it sure is great to see
your children thriving! Corky and I can both see a huge
increase in their self conﬁdence, their skills in the woods,
in canoes and swimming, and most importantly, in how
they communicate with each other, their classmates and
in the community.
Please join me in profound appreciation for our staﬀ, who
About the Interim
create this experience each year; for F&W parents, who The Interim is the newsletter of the Farm & Wilderness
entrust their children to our care; to our campers, for their summer camps.. We welcome submissions from
brave adventuring; for our alumni for holding F&W in everyone. You may submit writing, drawings, cartoons,
the Light; for the forests and lakes and mountains; and for photographs, or other work. We may edit for content
all the joy and fun we have in our lives. or space. To submit your work to the Interim, email
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Farm: Flourish and Thrive
By Chantal Deojay, F&W Farm Manager
for one counselor, Ricki, and convinced him and a camper
The F&W farm hit all three themes – ﬂourish, joy, thriving to paint a splendid new gate for his pen. And then there is
- multiple times this summer. And, for me, the F&W Farm Mr. Rupert, from the Barn Day Camp, who not only greeted
Manager, I get to experience these themes all year-round. his people calmly and quietly and lay down at their feet, but
In the abundance department, here are a few ﬁgures that would carefully take string beans out of my hand when I fed
might make you smile: In the summer alone, we produced 640 him. I repeatedly witnessed little campers coming to scratch
gallons of milk, 168 dozen eggs, 332 bunches of carrots, 230 his belly and I even saw the Family Camp kids giving him
pounds of beans, 336 bunches of chard, too many summer a buttermilk bath. At all times, Mr. Rupert was the perfect
squash to count and a ton more vegetables that are still being gentleman. So, after deep deliberation, we’re naming him the
harvested, including amazing tomatoes and potatoes. We winner of this year’s Friendliest Pig contest. Congratulations
also had a plethora of weeds Mr. Rupert!
that we’ve composted and will The F&W farm brings so
help the soil ﬂourish for next many good things to the table
year’s crops. on a daily basis. The produce,
The farm has thrived in more eggs, milk and meat all help
than just numerical ways. nourish us. The animals
Along with the quantifiable give us the great joy of their
abundance, the joy of the staﬀ companionship. And, of
and campers who worked in course, I can’t forget the fun
the gardens was a sight to people I get to work with –
behold. Well, okay, there are truly a joy!
the occasional few that don’t There are some things on the
enjoy weeding. But many folks farm that can seem unpleasant
feel there are few things that or unfriendly and, to some,
give such satisfaction as looking maybe even a bit cruel. And
at a bed of growing carrots or then there are those days when
beets, setting down to do the the spinach dies in frost, or the
weeding, and then looking back sheep escape their pens and
at your handy work to marvel scamper down the main roador
at what you have accomplished. a pesky swarm of late-summer
We also loved seeing our food ﬂies leave us all exasperated.
so clearly appreciated by the But, there is also the sweetness
cooks in the kitchens, and then of our newborn goats, the
right on down the line into naming of our docile calves and
the bountiful serving dishes the unequaled contentment of
and onto the plates of hungry our jolly pigs.
campers and staﬀ.
Mr. Rupert prepares for a buttermilk bath at the Barn Day Camp. I love the fact that I am able to
While we’re on the subject of give my care and commitment
joy, I also think that it is time to announce the winner of the to growing food (be it veggie or animal) at the farm. I can’t
Friendliest Pig contest. I know that all three pigs held special think of a more worthwhile or satisfying occupation. In turn,
places in the eyes of their respective camps. I feel the farm gives right back to me. Even on the hardest
Halifax, the mama pig at Tamarack Farm, currently holds the days, when I would gladly give my job to someone else, the
title (even after her few unsanctioned walkabouts). The three joy that my job brings clearly outweighs the diﬃcult things I
ﬁnalists are (drum roll please!) Charlotte, from Indian Brook, MUST do but REALLY don’t want to! I suppose it is like any
who was very excited to see friends and often came running job in that way. Those challenges help me personally ﬂourish
up to greet anyone who happened by (which, admittedly, can and thrive and all the fun stuﬀ helps to keep me going.
be a bit frightening if you are not used to being greeted by a
very large pig); Russell, from Timberlake, had a special love
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F&W Staff Recipes from Courtney’s Zucchini Bread (1 loaf )
the CSA BOX Dry ingredients
¾ cup whole wheat ﬂour
Every year, the staﬀ at Farm & Wilderness reaps the autumn
bounty from the F&W farm and gardens. Our farmer, ¾ cup all-purpose ﬂour
Chantal, and gardener, Kristen, have organized an F&W CSA 1 teaspoon cinnamon
(Community Supported Agriculture). Anyone who wants to
join the CSA pays a lump sum at the outset, and then receives ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
a weekly box of fresh, seasonal vegetables, plus milk and eggs ½ teaspoon baking soda
in the amount desired. In this issue of the Interim, we have
included some favorite staﬀ recipes that take advantage of ½ teaspoon salt
our beautiful bounty. Try these at home! ¼ teaspoon baking powder
Sam’s Chilly Fall Evening Potatoes 1 egg
1 cup sugar (reserve 1 tablespoon)
1. Wash and cut potatoes into large bite sized pieces to
make a total of about six cups. ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil or ¼ cup unsweetened
2. Toss with two tablespoons olive oil, a half teaspoon
salt, and a pinch of black pepper. 1 cup to 1 ¼ cup shredded zucchini—skin and all
3. Bake on a cookie sheet, stirring occasionally, at 375 More options and alternatives:
degrees for about half an hour. Mix in ½ cup chopped nuts, such as walnuts or pecans
4. When checking for doneness, be sure to check several Add ¾ cup raisins or currents
diﬀerent varieties of potato.
Replace zuc w/ 1 ½ cups shredded apples or combine ¾
cup zuc & ¾ cup apple
Why not head to your local farmers market and see how Preheat oven to 350 degrees
many varieties of potatoes you can ﬁnd? Purple, golden,
Grease bottom and 1 inch up the side of bread pan
red, white, sweet…etc.
Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
A non-stick cookie sheet will work best.
Mix moist in small bowl (if you choose reserve 1 tablespoon
Kids will want to pull out the catsup right away, but see
of sugar to sprinkle over top of batter before baking)
if you can sell them on one of these combinations:
Pour moist ingredients into dry ingredients and mix just
-Rosemary and chopped garlic sautéed in olive oil
well enough to blend all of the ﬂour into the batter.
-Sautéed mushrooms and onions with thyme
Pour batter into bread pan (if you reserved 1 tablespoon of
-Oregano, a little cinnamon, and cubed feta cheese sugar to sprinkle over top of batter…now is the time. This
-Lemon juice, cumin, and yogurt will create a nice ﬁnish on the top crust of the loaf ).
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, bread is done when a butter
knife inserted in the center and comes out clean. Let baked
loaf rest in the pan for about 10 minutes on a cooling rack.
Allow bread to fully cool before wrapping in plastic wrap
or storing in a container. Store at room temp for 3 days,
fridge for 5 to 7 days, or freezer for up to 3 months.
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Kristen’s Potato Leek Soup (feeds six) Development Office News
3 cups leeks By Kurt Terrell, Chief Development Oﬃcer
7 cups potatoes One of the strategic priorities of F&W is to become a
6 cups water carbon neutral organization. We recently received a $25,000
sustainability challenge grant from a family foundation
3 teaspoons sea salt
that will match, dollar-for-dollar, all gifts received for
1 tablespoon oil or butter sustainability by Dec. 31.We plan to use these funds to
install a wood gasiﬁcation furnace to heat the Tamarack
1 tablespoon garlic
Farmhouse and the greenhouse, build solar panels to heat
1 cup milk water, and insulate the walls and roof. Please contact me if
1/4 teaspoon black pepper you would like to join this year-end challenge.
pinch of ground nutmeg Farm & Wilderness has advanced to the ﬁnal round of the
BrightBuilt Retroﬁt selection process,which will award a
sprig of fresh dill New England non-proﬁt organization with a deep-energy
retrofit valued at more than $100,000.The final four
organizations now advance to the next phase, where the
In a large pot cover 2 cups of the leeks and all the public has an opportunity to vote online for their favorite
potatoes with the water and bring to a boil. Add the project. F&W is thrilled to be on the ballot and encourages
salt, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or you all to cast your vote at www.BrightBuiltRetroﬁt.com
until the potatoes are tender. before the Nov. 2 deadline.
Meanwhile, sauté the remaining leeks and the garlic in We are pleased to report that we have raised over $200,000
the butter or oil in a skillet. Set aside. towards our goal of $300,000 for the Annual Giving
When the potatoes are tender, blend together half of campaign. Thanks to over 350 donors who have responded
the potato mix with the milk until creamy and smooth. so far and thanks in advance to all who will be renewing their
Return the mix to the pot and add the reserved leeks support by year end. Your Annual Giving contributions go
and garlic, pepper and nutmeg. directly to campership, program enhancement, leadership
development and facilities. You can give online at www.
Simmer for at least 10 minutes, garnish with dill and farmandwilderness.org
Plans unfold for the 70th Anniversary Indian Brook
Reunion, slated for September 9-11, 2011. Mark your
calendars and watch for updates on the Facebook site,
PHOTO Indian Brook 70th reunion 2011.
So long, Peggy!
Sometimes we have to say goodbye to a longtime friend and
colleague who has decided that it is time to move on from
F&W. In September we bade farewell to our dear friend,
Peggy Whiteneck, who had been an F&W employee
since 2005. Peggy wore many, many hats in the oﬃce. She
could be found writing grant proposals, entering data into
Joy’s Quick Vegetable Saute the camper or development databases, generating thank
I saute the zucchini, yellow squash and garlic in olive you cards and receipts to our donors, helping parents and
oil until tender. Toss with cooked pasta or rice (use campers with camp transportation, answering the phone,
veggie or chicken broth for extra ﬂavor), parsley, dill, ﬁelding parent’s questions about camp, helping with Fair
goat cheese, salt and pepper to taste. If you happen to preparations, catching spelling and grammar mistakes in
have leftovers, you can make veggie egg-drop soup! Add various written materials, or simply making us all laugh.
chicken or veggie broth to leftovers & bring to simmer, We wish Peggy the best of luck in her future endeavors. We
add chopped fresh spinach (or chard) &, while stirring, will miss you and your contagious laugh, Peggy!
slowly drizzle in lightly beaten egg. YUM!
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Thriving After His Accident heartened by the actions of the Indian Brookers.
“These exemplary campers and counselors demonstrated the
Indian Brook Campers to the Rescue power of our core value of empathy,” Bohen said. “And their
Mike Backman said he’s steadily healing several months after eﬀectiveness demonstrated the power of good training.”
Indian Brook campers and counselors rescued him during
Indian Brook Counselor Anna Williams, who received
his solo kayaking trip to an island in Lake Umbagog on July
training as a Wilderness First Responder, said the campers
relived the rescue with a skit after returning to camp.
Backman, 48, of Quechee, VT tripped while walking around
“There was deﬁnitely a Good Samaritan lesson there,” she
his campsite and fell on a log, shattering his left arm. He said
said. “The girls were pumped to be able to help Mike and
he ended up marooned for more than 17 hours – unable to
get him back to safety.”
hike or kayak back to the mainland. In his emergency kit, the
distressed Backman had just four packets of expired Tylenol The Indian Brookers rescue, which was a front-page article
and ibuprofen, which helped alleviate his pain temporarily. in the local paper, The Valley News, on Aug. 4, was also
transmitted by the Associate Press wire service throughout
On Sunday morning, Aug. 1, when Backman woke with a
New England. Backman has received some teasing from his
dull throb to his arm, he waited hours before he heard the
colleagues at Dartmouth who say – ‘oh, you had to be saved
shouts and giggles of four canoes ﬁlled with Indian Brookers
by little girls.’ To that, Backman responds, “‘You’re darn
paddling home from a trip on the large lake near the New
right and I’m proud of them.’ They wonder why I got so
Hampshire/Maine border. Backman waved them over and
much press, I tell them, ‘if you’re rescued by a boatload of
asked them to summon a park ranger.
12 year old girls, you’d get press, too.’ I’m not the real story,
The two counselors, after some deliberation, instead decided the girls are.”
to ferry the badly injured Backman three miles to shore in
He’s already planning his adventures for next summer.
their canoe. In separate canoes, the seven 12-year-old campers
sang songs, giggled and buoyed his spirits. “I have every intention of going back, in fact, I plan to book
the same campsite in January,” Backman said. “I have to go
“They were my little saviors, they were my rescuers,” Backman
back for my own sanity and kind of say to myself, ‘I’m not
recounted. “I was in such immense pain and the paddle home
letting this stop me or change my life.’”
was very entertaining. The girls were chatting and singing and
the 1 hour and 45 minute trip to shore just ﬂew by. Seeing the Reﬂecting on his experience, Backman said; “What a great
girls have so much fun in their canoes was very uplifting.” group of girls. This was the ﬁrst time I visited Farm &
Wilderness. I’d seen and was aware of the camp, but had
“When I heard this was their fourth and last day of the trip ,
never been there.” After hearing about some of the philosophy,
I couldn’t believe that no one complained. Not one girl said,
the attitudes and commitment to diversity, he said, “What
‘I’m tired of paddling.’ They were in such good spirits the
a great camp to have rescued me. This is a camp that I will
whole time it was just amazing.”
They dropped Backman oﬀ at the shore to his car, where
he was able to drive himself to the hospital, and the Indian
Brookers made their return trip to F&W.
Backman said he had surgery Aug. 4 on his arm, broken in
six places, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He
now has a “big bolt” in his arm and does daily exercises and
weekly physical therapy sessions. As an outdoor enthusiast,
he is eager to resume his adventures and hopes to do some
cross-country skiing by mid-winter.
He said he is very grateful for the Indian Brook rescue. To
show his appreciation, he donated $250 online to Farm &
Wilderness on Aug. 2 after he returned to Quechee. On
Aug. 7, he visited Indian Brook to share a pizza dinner with
campers and staﬀ. The IB campers and two counselors, signed
Backman’s cast, ate pizza and were in high spirits during the
Pieter Bohen, F&W’s Executive Director, said he was
Mike Backman pictured with some of his rescuers at IB in August.
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Lead, and Grow
Reflections on time at Indian Brook
By Nicole Sutherland-Maiden, IB Director to support you and answer any questions, but YOU will be
leading the trip.”
“It’s Not The Mountain We Conquer, But Ourselves” - When we reached the trailhead, the girls all jumped out of the
Edmund Hillary van, and started to sort out their belongings. One camper had
her backpack on and was ready to go within 30 seconds of our
At the end of each summer, I look back at the seven weeks arrival, anxiously waiting for her peers to be ready. Another
of camp and ask myself, “how did Indian Brook grow?” This was receiving reassurance on her ability to do the trip, while
reﬂection was especially poignant this year, as I had ﬁve days another was trying to decide if her stuﬀed animal should be
of non-stop driving to California to start my own new chapter. strapped to the outside of her pack or within. When they were
My journey took months of preparation and the help of many set to go, I gathered the group around and said: “Remember,
friends. After the initial ﬂurry of unpacking, setting up home, embrace one anothers’ weaknesses, celebrate one anothers’
and sending the strengths, and
children off to try not to focus
new schools, I only on the ﬁnal
went to pick out destination, but
some thank-you the journey
cards for all of my i t s e l f.” A n d ,
wonderful friends with that, off
I stumbled they went. They
across a card that returned five
struck me. Three days later with
women standing broad smiles
at the peak of a on their faces.
summit with a These campers
caption; “It’s not spoke about
the mountain their trip during
w e c o n q u e r, our closing
but ourselves.” silent meeting.
This summed Three years ago,
up everything I these same girls
have loved about would never
Indian Brook, not have spoken up,
only for campers but on that day,
and staff, but they found their
also for myself. voices and spoke
Very rarely is the camp director aﬀorded the opportunity to proudly of their experience on their trip and of their time at
go on a trip. So, when the opportunity arose this summer Indian Brook.
for me to drive one of the senior lodge trips to the White I know that I, too, have grown during my time at Indian
Mountains, I leapt at the chance. On the drive, I listened to Brook, and I am so very grateful. Thank you to everyone at
the trip leaders carefully explain to the campers how the trip Farm & Wilderness for allowing me to be part of this special
would be run. Three camper leaders would be assigned to each family for three wonderful summers, as it has helped me to,
day; one in charge of navigating the map and the terrain, a above all else, conquer myself.
second to set up and break down camp, and a third to manage
the food and cooking for the day. Together, the whole group With love to you all.
would decide when to wake up, eat and would determine the
length of the day’s hike, etc. I could see the apprehension
on the faces of some campers as I glanced in my rear view
mirror. One of them asked her counselors, “aren’t you guys Nicole is Indian Brook’s departing Director. She has moved to Truckee,
leading the trip?” “No,” replied one counselor, we will be here California with her two children, Emma and Ethan. For now, she can still be
reached at email@example.com.
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F&W Building Green
By Pieter Bohen, Executive Director
On Oct. 23, we will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the
new 4,200-square-foot Resource Maintenance Facility at
Farm & Wilderness. While this will be an historic occasion
for F&W, and our resource and maintenance staﬀ is thrilled
to have a new facility, it is also signiﬁcant because of the
“green building” approach we took toward the design and
Our Project Manager, Bob Owen (TF staﬀ ‘62, ‘65-67,
Camp Parent ‘84-87, Former Trustee) was also the Project
Manager for the Woodward Reservoir Dam and for the
View of the new Resource Center from the southeast.
Tamarack Farmhouse, and has had a career of developing
college campuses all over the world. Bob used his expertise to garage, the oﬃce, the workshop and storage all diﬀerent
ensure that our building design would function for the needs temperatures. It’s likely we will keep the storage at 40
of upcoming generations of F&W Resource staﬀ. He was degrees during the winter.
matched with the leadership of Paul Stone (TF ‘55, TF staﬀ • Eﬃciency Vermont (the only Eﬃciency Utility in the
‘56, ‘69, ‘73-76, TL staﬀ ‘71, Trustee ‘04-10), our Board Clerk U.S., go Vermont!) reviewed all of the light ﬁxtures and
of the Buildings and Grounds committee, whose core values gave us rebates for most of them. The exterior lights are
were simplicity and frugality. These are qualities that Paul L.E.D.’s, which use very little energy. All of the lights have
emulates as a farmer, paciﬁst and leader in our community. occupancy sensors so they automatically turn oﬀ when
Working with our architect, John Berryhill (NBF Architects there is no one in the building.
based in Rutland, VT), our site engineer Ralph Michael, and
• The boiler and hot water is 95% eﬃciency, on-demand.
landscape architect Sonya Johansson, we learned that the
This means there is no tank of hot water sitting around
most sustainable building is one that sits well on the site, is
well insulated, is built with local materials, and is made to
last for many generations. • All of the siding is from F&W forests near Lake Ninevah,
and is milled at the Gagnon mill in nearby Pittsﬁeld, VT.
That’s the theory, anyway. What does it mean in practice?
The total transportation of the wood and lumber is less
For those of you who like to geek out on building specs,
than 50 miles from tree to building. This means we were
here are some of the design standards we used to create an
able to support local jobs with this project!
• The building sits just west of the soccer ﬁeld (on the
These are just a few of the features of the Resource
road to Esker House) and faces south. There are many
Maintenance Facility. We would not have achieved such an
windows on the south side (and almost none on the
eﬃcient building without the leadership of our Board, our
Community and the eﬀorts of our Resource Director, Jay
• We have radiant heating system in the concrete slab, Kullman, to help us Walk our Talk. Good job Green Team!
which is insulated on all sides, including underneath,
with 4 inches of rigid foam. The south and east windows
are oriented to provide supplemental heating of the slab
• The parking lot is partially grass and partially gravel,
which helps capture storm water and prevent erosion.
• The exterior walls have 8 inches of dense pack cellulose
and 1 inch of rigid foam, equaling an insulation rating
of r-35 (building code in Vermont is r-19!). The ceilings
have 18 inches of cellulose equaling r-55 (building code
in VT is r-38).
• The heating system has four zones, so we can heat the
The new Resource Center from the southwest.
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Len and Mary
What We Are Doing Ann Cadwallader
enjoying the 2010
We received this email from Terri Sheetz (IB camper ‘50- Fair
’51, IB staﬀ ‘54): Norm Sheetz (TL staﬀ ‘54) and met at
camp in 1954. Norm was the truck driver that year having
been introduced by John Cornelius, (TL staﬀ ‘54) who later
became our best man. After I discovered we both had the same
birthday, I decided I needed to get to know this handsome
guy better. We courted for 4 years and were married in June of
1958. Another successful camp marriage! We have 3 grown
Miriam Silman (IB camper ‘70-73, Dark Meadow camper
children and 7 grand children. We are both retired now:
‘75) writes; «I recognize myself in the IB photo on page 3 of
Norm from the federal government as a research Aerospace
the Spring 2010 issue! I am the fourth face from the left,
Engineer and me from the medical ﬁeld. Now retired, I have
petting the dog. This photo was likely in 1971 when I was in
been working for a trade show for 15 years as the Ambassador
Six Pines cabin. I think the front left is Margaret Lipshutz
(volunteer) coordinator. Norm now travels with the show and
(IB staﬀ ‘71) and the front right with the braids is Alice
also works with the Ambassadors. Norm continues to enjoy
somebody. A few other faces are familiar but I cannot conjure
his computer time and many hours with the sodoku puzzles.
up names. It was fun to see the photo and certainly brings
In addition to the Expo, I enjoy spending time at my sewing
back lots of great memories. I remember all of my camp years
machines. We hope to be able to attend the IB reunion.»
fondly. I have lived in Appalachian Eastern Kentucky for the
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 4708 Pebblestone Drive,
last 25 years, working as a clinical social worker and teaching
Colesville, Maryland 20905, 301-384-8414.
and, more recently, doing research in the area of childhood
trauma. Rural living in these hardscrabble mountains has
many of the joys of rural life at F & W but also many more
challenges and a little less romance. The old time music brings
Jack Hunter (Archivist, Founder of SAM, first F&W back fond memories of the String Band and Square Dances at
Executive Director, and many other roles) sent this: Tom the Farm. I hope to get back to the Fair one of these days.»
Fisher (TL ‘61, TF ‘66-’67) called after a minor accident on Miriam can be reached at email@example.com
a sentimental return to hiking the Long Trail. He had pulled
Art Einhorn (FC staﬀ ‘64) writes: As the person who started
a tendon and needed to take it easy. After a brief stay with
Flying Cloud for Ken Webb in1964, I thought Flying Cloud
Nash Basom (camper in the ‘50’s, staﬀ ‘50’s-recent years)
campers might be interested to know a piece of FC history:
with whom he had worked at Tamarack Farm, he came to
'Flying Cloud' was named in memory of Mr. Bill Cook, an
stay with me and Ruth in Woodstock. He then returned to
Akwesasne Mohawk who was the ﬁrst Indian Lore Counselor
the trail, hiking Killington and rediscovered the Shrewsbury
at F&W. Art can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
trail. He remembered his ﬁrst overnight hike from Timberlake
to the Upper Northam Shelter and that he had worked on
the trail from camp up Shrewsbury. We spent several evenings Passings
reminiscing about camp and discussing world politics, and
then he traveled down to Boston to see some other F&W Michael P. Bird (TL 1971, TF 1973 died Saturday, April 3,
alum, including his brother Rob. Tom now lives and teaches 2010, at home. Michael is survived by his wife, Lydia, and
in Australia. their daughter, Grace E. S. Bird, and other family members
including his sister, Elizabeth Rebecca Bird (IB camper ‘78-
’80).Those who wish may make memorial contributions
in Michael Bird's memory to Spring Lake Ranch, a small
residential facility in Vermont, providing a therapeutic
community for adults with mental illness and/or substance
Emily Bass (IB 84-87, TF 88, IB staﬀ 95-98) and her husband abuse. He served on the board of directors: Spring Lake Ranch,
Liam welcomed Sebastian Joseph Bass-Flaherty into the world 1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, VT 05738.
on December 16, 2009. Starting in September 2010, we're
looking for folk-song singing, outdoor-loving, kid-hugging
childcare for Seb (who'll be 10 months), in the Big Apple.
If there are NY-based or -bound F&W alum out of college
looking for regular work in this arena, please let me know at
email@example.com. (I'd love to hear from IBers, too.)
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Preparing for the
F&W Staff take the WFR Course
At camp, as elsewhere in life, we have an opportunity to
practice the art of the possible.
What if a canoe capsizes? Will a three-night backpacking
trip challenge or overwhelm this youngster? How do we
handle a windstorm that knocks out all power and drenches
At Farm & Wilderness, we’re justiﬁably proud of our 1-to-3
ratio of summer staﬀ to campers, which is among the best in
the industry. Already, our counselors have extensive training,
including a ten-day skills week and a nine-day staﬀ week at
the beginning of each camp season.
However, about two years ago, there was a collective sentiment
to push beyond our current certiﬁcation of CPR and Basic
First Aid for our staﬀers, Red Cross Lifeguard Certiﬁcation
for our waterfront counselors and Wilderness First Aid for
our trip leaders. Each year about 230 people are hired and
refresh their training as needed.
As a result of this preparation and planning, in early June
we hosted the rigorous Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
class for nine days at F&W.
Twenty-three people traveled to Plymouth for the intensive,
80-hour course provided by Stonehearth Open Learning
Opportunities based in Conway, NH. F&W counselors practice carrying an “injured” friend in a wilderness
Their goal? To gain the conﬁdence, technical skills and style litter during the June 2010 Wilderness First Responder class.
hand-on practice in wilderness medical training for leading
backcountry trips. The scope of the SOLO course ranges for this year’s camp as a result of WFR.
from allergic reactions or diabetic emergencies to splinting As part of the retention and incentive program, staﬀ received
fractures and dealing with other medical emergencies. a 50% reduction on the course fee this summer and will be
Participants experienced a blend of hands-on, outdoor reimbursed for the balance when they return as staﬀers in
scenarios and traditional classroom learning ranging from 2011. The WFR certiﬁcate earned through the completion
exercises in bleeding control to coping with soft-tissue or of this course is a requirement for many of our trip leaders
spinal cord injuries. People fanned out on the Tamarack Farm and is highly desired by staﬀ and employers in the outdoor-
lawn, practicing their knot tying, bandaging and other skills. related industries.
The course culminated with a successful mock search-and- This course was a huge success and dovetailed with many of
rescue operation involving ﬁve patients. our strategic plan goals—growing our programs, building a
For F&W, ratcheting up our training helps our counselors culture of leadership, improving professional development
reﬁne and hone their skills. And campers and parents may of staﬀ, promoting staﬀ retention and providing ﬁnancial
take an extra measure of comfort in the hard, technical skills incentives for returning seasonal staﬀ.
of our participating staﬀ.
This class also helps us recruit and retain employees. Ten of
the 23 participants began the training as F&W staﬀers. And Read more about the WFR and WFA on the
we were able to hire two highly trained and qualiﬁed people next page!
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WFA or WFR?
The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and the Wilderness WHO IS THE WFR COURSE FOR?
First Responder (WFR) courses, taught by SOLO and
other outﬁts, are becoming a standard for those who work The WFR is aimed at anyone working in a position of
as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want
guides, river guides, and ski patrollers. Here is a brief a high level of wilderness medical training for extended
explanation from the SOLO website: personal backcountry trips or expeditions.
WHO IS THE WFA COURSE FOR? WHAT IS TAUGHT?
The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast The WFR is 72-80 hours long (7-to-10 days), and is a
or trip leader who wants a basic level of ﬁrst-aid training comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills
for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It of dealing with: Response and assessment, musculoskeletal
also meets the American Camp Association guidelines. injuries, environmental emergencies and survival skills,
and other medical emergencies. Similar to the same, basic
WHAT IS TAUGHT? topics covered in the two-day WFA course, the issues are
The WFA is 16 hours long (2 days), and focuses covered far more extensively, and there is much more
on the basic skills of: Response and assessment, hands-on practice. Additional topics, such as CPR, are
environmental emergencies, survival skills and other also included.
The 2010 FAIR, Redux •Tess Hobbs, Events Coordinator extraordinaire
•Jay Kullman, Kyle Watrous and our fab Resource crew
By Sarah Waring, Program Director
•Camp Fair Chairs, our internal camp organizers
Did you take a ride on Timberlake’s newly-improved •Marianne, Joy, Linda, Jonathan, Courtney, Peggy and the
Aquachute or Ferris Wheel? Did you eat a burger, get a rest of the oﬃce staﬀ
pie in the face or sample some of the fabulous SAM Dew?
•Nicole, Tom, Andrea, Jeﬀ, Valley Zephyr and Tulio; our
Did you ﬁnd the gluten-free cookies from Indian Brook,
dedicated camp directors
purchase snacks at the Barn or try a fried grasshopper from
Flying Cloud? Did you view the Tamarack Farm quilt, arts •Talented Head Cooks and kitchen crews for all the food
concessions, or the work projects demonstration? We hope •Summer staﬀ from each camp for driving vans, moving tables
you made it to see the Fair ﬁre, lit by campers and hear the and chairs, setting up concessions, greeting parents and still
F&W poem, “As Sparks Fly Upward”? making sure campers were safe and happy!
From the outside, the Fair might look like simple fun. From •Alumni and Trustee volunteers, you rock!
the inside, it is an event ﬁlled with countless details and
hundreds of decisions. These range from printing Fair t-shirts With all the hard, behind-the-scenes work, many of us get
to arranging tents, from contra dancing to port-a-lets, from to simply enjoy the day. Future F&W campers will beneﬁt
van shuttles to ticket prices, from the six camps’ concessions because, most importantly, the money we raise at the Fair goes
to their traditional activities. We had a few ﬁrsts this year. toward our campership funds. As we tinker and ﬁne-tune our
Our Trustees generously donated their time to work in our future Fairs, we hope to both showcase our homemade and
merchandise and ticket booths; a committee exploring Flying hand-powered style (from rides to food preparation) as well as
Cloud’s Program Development gathered information from oﬀer our guests a sampling of what goes on at camp. We may
Fair-goers throughout the day; and TF campers ran a social highlight demonstrations of work projects, barn and garden
activism booth about gender identity and sexuality. The Board activities, creative arts, or social activism. And, while Fair is
of Trustees also hosted a fun alumni party at the Salt Ash Inn a major year-end celebration for us, we strive to get campers
following the Fair. We have to thank many people for their and staﬀ back for their closing camp ceremonies. We hope
eﬀorts! Here’s just a small list: you had a great time and we’ll see you next year.
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Nationwide F&W Potluck Ice Cutting is in February!
On Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 5:30 p.m., campers, If you have never made it to an F&W work weekend, consider
alumni, parents, and friends of F&W are invited to attend a coming to Ice Cutting weekend on February 18-21, 2011.
potluck dinner in their area. There will be a meal, fellowship, Members of the extended F&W community, as well as
time to share favorite stories from camp, and perhaps even newcomers, stay at Tamarack Farm and spend the weekend
some singing. We are asking everyone to try to bring a favorite working, playing, eating, singing and dancing. The main
camp item – canoe paddle, t-shirt, carving or photograph. weekend task is to cut ice blocks to ﬁll the Flying Cloud ice
Space may be limited, so please contact the host or contact house. Where else do you get to take a leap back in time? This
person if you want to attend the potluck in your area. If action packed weekend will let you experience ﬁrst hand what
you have any questions - please contact Kurt Terrell soon at life was like before refrigeration, when families joined with
firstname.lastname@example.org , oﬃce: 802-422-3761 ext 232, their neighbors to ﬁll their own ice houses. It is hard work
or cell: 802-275-8936. and COLD, but we guarantee you will come away feeling
exhilarated and have amazing memories. This is an all-ages
Potlucks will be hosted in the following locations: event and the F&W staﬀ will take good care of you.
Arlington, MA Cambridge, MA New York, NY
This weekend does
Chapel Hill, NC eee!
Atlanta, GA Oberlin, OH tend to ﬁll up, so
Denver, CO please visit the events
Austin, TX Philadephia, PA
page on the website
Blacksburg, VA Glover, VT San Francisco, CA soon to register. www.
Jericho, VT farmandwilderness.org.
PLEASE go to our website www.farmandwilderness.org for
location updates, details and contact information for each
of the potluck hosts. Don’t forget to RSVP!!