Lala's Latest June 2020
As May comes and goes we are seeing the state of North Carolina move into Phase 2 of re-opening. The Farmstead has been assessing our plans for Camp Farmstead and when to start running our programs again taking into consideration the states phase of reopening, active caseload, and what other camps similar to us are doing in regards to reopening.
After much consideration we have decided, out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of staff and students, to reopen for the Camp Farmstead season the week of July 6th, 2020 to the public. The requirements for attending in the Farmstead in stage one of our reopening can be found here. We do have some spaces left in our all outdoor nature themed summer camp. If you want to learn more about Camp Farmstead please visit our website here.
While we are beyond excited to be talking about and planning the return of kiddos to the Farmstead the staff has a lot of work to do to make sure that everyone is safe when that happens. Not only will we make physical changes to allow for more social distancing we are also needing to increase some key supplies for everyone’s safety. To help accomplish these needed purchases the Farmstead has begun a reopening fundraising campaign. Our goal is to raise $1000.00 to support the purchasing of:
Two additional picnic tables
At least 5 gallons of hand sanitizer (from a local Asheville distillery)
Forehead scanning thermometers (2 ideally)
Masks (enough for each staff member to have 5)
Additional signage for parking and parents.
All of the funds raised during this fundraiser will be directly used to support the health and safety of staff and campers at the Farmstead. While we are so excited to be welcoming campers back we want to make sure that we are doing it the best we can to reduce everyone's risk of exposure and these items will help us accomplish that goal.
One constant for me as Executive Director during this global pandemic has been the resolve and tenacity of the Farmstead Staff. Everyone has been asked to adapt during these times and the entire team rose to the challenge. That is not to say that there weren’t moments when we all struggled with the new type of work we were doing while closed to students, however we banded together, leaned on one another, and overcame. I could not be more proud to lead this amazing team, and we all can’t wait to see kiddos romping around the Farmstead soon enough!!