Driving up to Falling Creek I was taken aback by the giant water fall that greeted me as I slowly made my way up the mountain. I met with one of the camp directors Marisa Pharr and Doug, a seasoned staff member who will be taking on some of the sustainable development projects in the works at Falling Creek. Marisa showed me a map of the camp facility and highlighted potential areas that could be used as a demonstration garden to engage campers with the learning opportunities of gardening. We first talked about their goals for what a garden program will bring to their program and facility. The planning stages for any sustainable initiative are super important to insure that you choose systems and resources that most reflect your needs. Since their interests in a garden are focused primarily on demonstration I suggested a few gardening techniques that will also demonstrate permaculture design principles.
Another resource that I suggested is Pinterest that has literally hundreds of examples of gardening ideas. By incorporating a diversity of examples you can demonstrate that there are a lot of methods and techniques for growing food and other plants. Check out my garden pinterest board for some unique ideas to demonstrate permaculture at your camp facility.
I was also interested to learn about a service from Danny’s Dumpster that provides recycling and compost services for Falling Creek. This service has assisted the camp in managing the collection, transport and recycling of food waste and items such as cardboard. How great would it be if there were more services like this that camps and organizations could take advantage of. Maybe there are and you just haven’t found one in your community. Anything you can do to simplify the work associated with waste management or any other sustainable initiative is well worth looking into. As Green Camps Initiative continues to grow and develop regional support, we will act as an advocate to help regional camp communities access resources and support to assist their efforts. Please comment below on how you process the waste produced at your facility.
Thank you to Marisa and Doug for hosting a visit on the Sustainable Camps Road Trip.
Please visit the Green Rriver Preserve Website to learn more about their sustainability efforts. http://www.greenriverpreserve.org/sustainability/natural-green-organic
Visits like this one were made possible by Donations to the Sustainable Camps Road Trip.
Your donations will help cover basic expenses for the trip including meals, camping reservations and trees that will be planted to offset the carbon emissions resulting from the 4,250 miles driven during the tour.