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Summer Produce Overflows from Campion's Farm »
Huge heads of lettuce, piles of turnips, and soon, green beans, tomatoes, beets, squash, cucumbers, peppers, onions and more will all be ready for harvest on the Campion Academy farm. Headed by Anna Perea, the summer harvest is a form of celebration of all the work she and her students have put in throughout the school year in the Agriculture class, and evidence of the many ways that God has blessed.
This past school year, with the vision of Perea and the support of the church community, Campion successfully implemented a new agriculture class and program. In fact, Perea, along with several other Adventist teachers throughout the United States have been developing a curriculum and teacher’s guide so that the model could be more easily implemented at other schools. The pilot model focuses on educating the students about God’s character through plants rather than simply for the produce to be sold or eaten.
This summer, two students are working part-time at the farm alongside the Perea family and volunteers from the church. The program continues to need both financial donations for supplies such as caterpillar tunnels, deer fencing, and ground cover, as well as volunteer labor. “It’s been really wonderful to see how supportive the community has been,” commented Perea. “Everything is donation-based, and people have supported both financially and with their time especially for our work-bees. God has always provided exactly what we needed at the right time."
The fresh produce is available to the public at their roadside stand in front of campus every Monday (except July 8) and Wednesday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. In addition, they will be at the Fort Collins Farmer’s Market every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The market is located at 1001 East Harmony Road near the intersection of S. Lemay Avenue.
If those don’t fit your time frame, come to campus to pick-your-own produce straight from the field. Leave donations in the money box in the green house, or go online to donate on the website at: www.campion.net/agriculture
. -- Jill Harlow, text and photos