Labor of Love
Reflection can be a great opportunity to be nourished by our past efforts. That was my theme this Labor Day Weekend as I reflected upon what was a wonderful summer both personally and professionally. Every bit as much as the time spent with my family this summer, what stood out for me were the days I spent with the children from Camp Courant – the largest and oldest free day camp for city youth in the country.
For one week, the children were immersed in learning about yoga, nutrition and healthy living. And while I had expected at least some resistance of the unknown, judgment or even peer pressure to get in the way, just the opposite was true. Each child was open, receptive and literally soaked up the knowledge like a sponge! Don’t get me wrong — there were some pretty comical looks when I added raw kale to our beautiful pink smoothies! But in the end, not a drop of green smoothie was left after 6 full batches!
From green smoothies to our clean food farm-to-table lunch prepared 100% by the children, these youth will never forget the value of:
• Eating all of the colors of the rainbow
• Knowing how their food grows
• Eating foods that come from green plants and not cement plants
• Being empowered to cook with locally grown produce
I could write about this experience endlessly, but I think I’ll let these photos tell the story…
The opportunity to share my passion for clean, locally grown food with this group was one for which I will forever be grateful. For that, I owe thanks to Camp Courant and Laura Magnussen, program director. Thanks also to Julie Bidwell for taking these beautiful photos and to Camp Courant for allowing me to share them here with you.
The incredible support from the outside community was overwhelming and heartwarming. Because of their incredible generosity, we significantly underspent our budget, allowing that money to expand our program beyond our original vision, and ensuring the programs success in years to come. My sincere thanks to:
It was an honor to work with this amazing group, and I am proud to be part of this incredible community creating healthy change.
Eat clean live well!