Camphill Village Kimberton Hills recently received a $1,000 grant from Phoenixville Area Middle School’s Help4Others group.
Help4Others, or H40, is a Youth in Philanthropy Group at the Phoenixville Area Middle School. This group of 14 eighth grade students meets once a week to learn more about needs in their community and how people give back. With guidance from their teachers, Gina Keenan and Monica Daley, they reviewed proposals submitted by non-profit organizations and visited sites in order to help them determine how to best distribute funds.
Out of nine area non-profits the students selected, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills received funding to purchase strawberries and supplies for the Sankanac Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Garden. The Sankanac CSA at Camphill Kimberton grows vegetables and produce on approximately 12 acres that feed the 100 village residents and an additional 150 families outside the community. CSA members sign up and pay a fee at the beginning of the year, which then enables the farmer, Todd Newlin, to buy seed, supplies, and equipment. Newlin, along with people with and without disabilities, ready the soil, greenhouses and seedlings. Starting at the end of May and continuing through October, CSA members visit the farm each week to pick up that week’s harvest. Every growing season differs slightly depending on the weather. Buying fresh and local produce has many benefits to personal health and to the environment.
Youth in Philanthropy, now its seventh year at both the middle school and high school, is supported by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. The program is intended to help young people gain a deeper understanding of needs, charity and volunteerism within their own community.
Lynn Pike Hartman, vice president of programs at the Foundation, spoke at the award presentation held on Wednesday. Hartman used the analogy of the strawberries purchased for Camphill Kimberton to express to the students how important their work in H4O has been. Just as the strawberries need careful, diligent tending in order to become thoroughly red and delicious, the H4O has been proof that through their hard work they now have evidence of reaping what they have sown.
“If you plant honesty, you reap trust,” said Hartman. “If you plant goodness, you reap friendships. If you plant hard work, you reap success, and if you plant charity, then you reap heartfelt joy. Remember this joy and that you can bring this feeling into your lives every day.”
Other award recipients included The Clinic, Police Athletic League, Good Samaritan Shelter, Mom’s House, PACS, Healthy Start, and the Southeastern PA Autism Resource Center.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills will be host to a number of events this spring and summer. Mark your calendars to join us for the following:
The Dylan Babitch Trio, May 27 at 8 p.m. in Rose Hall, featuring Dylan Babitch on piano; Jason Fraticelli on upright bass; and Mike Mahoney on drums. $10 admission.
Family and Friends Day, June 4 at 10 a.m., our annual gathering of our friends and family.
Im-pulse Eurythmy Performance, June 19 at 4 p.m. in Rose Hall, featuring a unique configuration of nine Waldorf graduates - five from Brazil and four from the United States, presenting their graduation performance.
Talk on the Egyptian Book of the Dead, July 3 in Rose Hall, presented by Denis Ruff.
Hootenanny, July 16, from 3 p.m. until dark on the Kepler Green, featuring local music and food, along with games and vendors. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 that day. Contact 610-935-8660 for advance tickets.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Camphill Cafe is open for lunch Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our food is organic, local and delicious! Outdoor seating is available. Read on to discover this week's specials.
Entree: Moussaka - Greek mediterranean casserole layered with eggplant, organic ground beef, bechamel, tomato and cheese.
Soup: leek and cream
Monday, May 9, 2011
Family and friends, mark your calendars to join us for our annual Family and Friends Day celebration on Saturday, June 4. Join us for interesting programs, delightful conversation and a delicious lunch!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
In conjunction with the Honeybee Festival held in Phoenixville this weekend, on Saturday evening there will be a talk at Camphill Kimberton featuring Gunther Hauk, internationally known and respected beekeeping authority of Spikenard Farm Bee Sanctuary. Hauk will present a lecture titled "Spiritualizing our Understanding of Nature - Bee Colony Collapse Disorder as a wake-up call." Hauk shows a healthy way forward by revising our relationship with the beings of nature.
The lecture will be in held in Rose Hall at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, 1601 Pughtown Road, Kimberton, PA 19442, at 8 p.m.
There is a $10 suggested donation to support the work of Spikenard Bee Sanctuary. For more information, contact: Sherry Wildfeuer at 610-935-0302.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Camphill Kimberton has set the date for our annual Hootenanny - a summer festival celebrating local food and music. Please mark your calendars for July 16 and plan to join us here at the farm for a great time! More details to be announced soon.