Amir is committed to three pillars of sustainability: Social, Environmental, and Economic. We aim to mirror these pillars throughout all aspects of our work and maintain that educating the next generation to be more empathetic, moral individuals will contribute to the long-lasting existence of our Earth and all living things. This is how we see ourselves as part of the system:
Summer camps serve as educational bastions for children and young adults each summer. All told, 10 million children in America go to camp each summer. We maintain that much of the social power of camp lies in the role modeling that takes place between young adult staff and campers; campers listen intently to their counselors and mimic their behavior. Our Farming Fellowship harnesses the power of this relationship, and grants Amir Farmers the opportunity to impact the lives of children. Farmers teach campers about social responsibility, and empower them to be agents of change in their own communities. Soon, the cycle will continue and these campers will teach the next generation of youth to be ambassadors of environmental and social justice.
There is no competition in a garden, only coexistence and the sharing of goods. Our economic “garden” – so to speak – contains summer camps and philanthropic institutions. Camps are supported by their parent and camper clientele, and in turn, are able to enter financial relationships with Amir. Through our work, we support local businesses and provide summer employment for young adults. We then partner with philanthropic Foundations and individual donors to fill in the holes that camps cannot cover. Charitable dollars are also allocated to facilitate programs for summer camps that serve low-income children and economically disadvantaged communities. We are still in a growth phase, and are experiencing an economy of scale as we increase the number of camps in our network.
In a world of factory farming, monocrop fields, and supermarkets with watermelons from across the world, Amir demonstrates and upholds the value of locally sourced food. Our program directly teaches children how to grow, prepare, and store food, and we educate them about the importance of reducing their personal consumption. Much of soil fertility has been lost due to overuse and erosion, and we are working diligently to rejuvenate our Earth, our human connection to the land, and to bring important nutrients back to the children that eat from it. We help camps turn unused fields into land that produces fresh fruits and vegetables for the local community, and that serves as a classroom for thousands of children. In the garden, they learn how to act as stewards of the Earth and as environmentally conscious “Farmers” in all aspects of their lives.
Amir Farmers invite children and youth to learn and participate in flourishing environments while remembering our communal obligations to ourselves, our friends, and our land. The garden is an ever-evolving ecosystem, and we find that anyone can learn the skill of gardening.