Today, Camp Kalsman reached 80° for the first time this summer! Thank goodness it did because the garden is in full swing and we need some Arlington sunshine to help those veggies grow! Over the past two weeks, I have been going back and forth to nurseries and garden centers searching for the just the right variety of vegetables and herbs to plant in this years garden. We should be picking blueberries throughout first session, making sweet tea with rosemary and basil during second session, and making our own salads with cucumbers, carrots, and three different kinds of lettuce during third session. Thanks to Jaime (Teva & Trips Supervisor) for planning the layout of the garden and what to purchase so we can eat these tasty treats before you know it!
In case you’re wondering what other delights we will have to offer throughout the summer, here’s a list: eggplant, jalapeño peppers, bell peppers, cauliflower, bush beans, pole beans, sugar snap peas, corn, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, carrots, yellow squash, zucchini, beets, basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage, spearmint, cilantro, kale, rainbow chard, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, bok choi, and potatoes.
Along with planting, watering, and the casual weeding, I have also been pulling out huge patches of buttercup (an invasive species) from the biblical garden and dandelions that are over 3 feet tall. It is exhausting work, so when I need a break, I sit in the shade underneath the big apple tree in the middle of the quad. From there, I can smell the fresh herbs, growing not too far away. In Judaism, we all know that there is a prayer for everything, including “fragrance from a grass or herbaceous plant.”
Steve and Chad are also working tirelessly to get camp ready to welcome home over 600 campers for 2017. They have been mowing every single day (because grass grows so fast!), propping up the grape vines, setting up the pool for you to swim in, taking care of all 5 goats, a dozen chickens, 4 ducks, and a peahen, cutting back huge bushes so trails are easy to access, covering up woodpecker holes above Terra and Abbey’s bedroom, cleaning cabins, moving furniture, and tons more that I haven’t even witnessed because they are always on the go!
That is all here from Steve, Chad, and myself (Lauren)…until tomorrow that is. Put on your sunscreen and drink some water because camp is right around the corner and the garden is waiting for you to come home!
Lauren Fishman, Unit Head and Fifth Year Staff Member.