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									                                 The INTERIM
                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                 Overnight Camps
                                                                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
October 2010
                                                                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
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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,
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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
                                                                 Moist ingredients

  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
                                                                 apple sauce
  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
  Recipe Notes-
  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 ).

                  Happy eating!
                                                                 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.”
                                                                   definitely support.”
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
dinner festivities.
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 nicole@farmandwilderness.org.

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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
the construction.
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
                                                                      losing heat!
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!
energy-efficient building:
    • 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
    during daylight.
    • 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 tsheetz@aol.com, 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 msilman@foothills.net
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 aeinhorn@twcny.rr.com.
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
embass@gmail.com. (I'd love to hear from IBers, too.)
                                                                                                    Interim Fall 2010 page 9
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
our campers?
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!
Interim Fall 2010 page 10
               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.
   medical emergencies.

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.

                                                                                                     Interim Fall 2010 page 11
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
kurt@farmandwilderness.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!!

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