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At ARK Farms we are not so clever that we think we know what young people want and need, but we know who to ask! We have open spots on our Youth Advisory Core for young people ages 11 to 18 to share their insights as stakeholders in the farm. We open volunteer hours almost every weekend so that they can gain experience and see where they would like to see changes, opportunities, or improvements. We literally design our programs for youth based on what the youth advisory core tells us.
If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this core group, click the "Contact" button and let the director know. It is a good opportunity to learn to collaborate with other people and to have fun inspiring new ideas that the adults in leadership take seriously.
Fun in the Sun! What a great time we have been having at the farm with groups of campers from all over. We have had visitors from Memphis, TN, Mississippi, and Louisiana so far this month. We have even had guests from the countries of Samoa and New Zealand! It has been so much fun.
Kids have had a blast flying off the pond swing into the water, riding horses, discovering their strengths on the swing course, and planting gardens to grow their own food at home. It has just been amazing. Check out the pictures on Facebook and Instagram for weekly updates!
I was feeding the ducks and chickens this week some particularly favored treats when I suddenly felt something leaning against my leg. It was little "Mocha" duck. She is an adolescent who was abandoned at the farm where her mother had been, and she has spent most of her life at ARK Farms. I reached down and handed her some food from my hand. She stayed right there, and while all the other critters were scampering around, jockeying for position to outwit the other bird out of their take, she was simply enjoying the ease and grace of staying close to me and having all the food she wanted without any effort.
I realized, sometimes that is how I am in life, running around out in the world trying to get what I want. When all I have to do is snuggle up to the source of peace and grace, and eat from the hand that feeds me. I got a lot of goodness out of that moment - just wanted to pass it on.