By Terra Zicklin, Communications/Development Associate
With summer rapidly approaching, (19 days!), Camp Kalsman staff members have been working hard to prepare the grounds for the arrival of campers. This year, Matan, who spent last summer as a trips specialist and counselor and will be the Ropes Supervisor this summer, made his way to camp a couple weeks early to grow a variety of delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs. I joined him at camp yesterday and learned a few tips and tricks about gardening!
First, he showed me around and pointed out the new additions to the camp garden including corn, squash, eggplant, and ghost peppers! He was also excited about how many blueberries we have this year- noticeably more than last year’s batch. Then, we checked out the tomatoes, basil and cilantro. The aroma was definitely making me hungry…
After the tour, we had to make sure the plants were sprouting properly. There are many difficulties that could arise, including animals who are looking for a meal of their own. There is currently a super cute bunny who wants to eat all the strawberries. (I forgive you, Peter Rabbit, the strawberries do look delicious.)
As we placed new seeds in the soil and watered the budding plants, Matan was telling me about his farming experiences from the past. Growing up in Israel, he learned about the many indigenous plants that bloomed around his childhood home, such as Mediterranean garlic, parsley, zaatar (oregano), and sage. Matan explained that the Mediterranean sage is mentioned in the Torah because it is thought to be a medicinal plant that has healing power. It turns out, the garden is a great place to learn about Jewish traditions!
If you are attending or visiting Camp Kalsman this summer, I encourage you to stop by our flourishing garden. The amazing Teva staff will lead a variety of fun programs that allow campers to be hands on and learn their own tips for successful planting. Everything looks, smells, and tastes so fresh; it is going to be one delicious summer!