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Sustainibility

Sustainibility

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 and flourishing existence of our Earth and all living things. This is how we see ourselves as part of the system.

Social

We maintain that much of the social power of camp lies in the role modeling that takes place between young adult staff and campers. Our Farming Fellowship harnesses the power of this relationship, and grants Amir Farmers the opportunity to impact the lives of children, teaching them about social responsibility and empowering them to be agents of change in their own communities.

Economic

There is no competition in a garden, only coexistence and the sharing of goods. 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.

Environmental

Amir helps camps turn unused fields into growing classrooms. Through this, Amir demonstrates and upholds the value of locally sourced food. Our program directly teaches children how to grow, prepare, and store food. Our work rejuvenates our Earth, grows our connection to the land, and brings important nutrients back to the children that eat from it.

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Why Gardening

Why Gardening

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.

  • Builds and develops prosocial behavior and skills in children
  • Connects children to the lifecycle of plants and all living things
  • Taps into the multipole forms of learning, ranging from bodily kinesthetic activities to logical and visual reasoning
  • Anyone can do it. Not every kid can shoot hoops or plan an instrument, but everyone can plant a seed
  • Strengthens the foundation between children and nature, which has shown to increase a child’s academic achievement and social health

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Social Justice

Social Justice

Amir’s mission is to cultivate youth to be agents of positive change in their lives, the lives of others, and the Earth. We are committed to developing children into moral and righteous individuals. We have chosen the medium of experiential garden education to do this. Each summer, our curriculum is focused on a specific social-justice theme. The 2015 theme is Hunger. Our Curriculum is broken down by age-group and will help campers delve deeply into this particular topic. In future years, we look forward to teaching thousands of children about different issues such as climate change, food access, and poverty. The garden is an ideal place to do this and we invite you to take a look at our Curriculum to see more on our programming.

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