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On the Bright Side

July 16, 2013

Area farm shows kids food's origins


“I wanted to communicate with kids the things I cared about,” she said. The couple moved to their farm in 2005.

Jenna Rodriques, who will be a senior at Hartwick College in fall, is the camp director. She is a biology major who was a farm apprentice at the site last year, which included helping at the camp. She was glad to come back in her current role.

The work at Stony Creek is making her consider going for her masters in education. The program allows students, whether living on a farm, or with no experience, to be exposed to sustainable agriculture, she said.

What makes the day exciting for her is seeing “those little surprises” as children make discoveries. For instance, after coming from seeing pigs Monday, a camper came upon “this amazing fuzzy caterpillar” that caused everyone to stop and observe. 

Last week she helped conduct a science-based course where she helped students understand what they are seeing through a microscope lens.

“Seeing people so excited is a joy for me,” she said.

There are some openings in next week’s class, which is still below the limit of 15. Otherwise the classes for the year are filled, Marsiglio said. For more information contact, Art Farm Camp at or 865-7965.

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