Did you know Carlsbad Art Farm is a supporter of local schools and organizations through donations to silent auctions. Every year, we donate 10 certificates good for one-week at Art Farm summer camp.
This year we have donated certificates to Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, St. Patrick’s School in Carlsbad, Solana Highlands Elementary, The Rhoades School in Encinitas, and the San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative, among others.
While giving always feels good, I confess it’s always nice to hear back from schools and other organizations to whom Art Farm has made silent auction contribution, such as the Sanderling Waldorf School in Encinitas, which recently sent us this note:
Dear Carlsbad Art Farm,
Thank you very much for your donation of a week of art camp to the 2012 Sanderling Silent Auction. Our fundraiser was a great success and we couldn’t have done it without you. With sincere gratitude, The Parents of Sanderling Waldorf School.
Parents often tell me how much they appreciate Art Farm for the unique opportunity it affords local children to spend time here, and in turn I appreciate that they value what we are offering their kids, which is time spent in the woods, with animals, making art, and enjoying something as simple as getting their feet into a creek or swinging with a friend on a tire swing hung from a high sturdy branch. This is what I was doing as a kid, and I know in my bones that no matter how urbanized and modern our 21st-Century kids may now be, all they need do is cross the wood bridge into Art Farm to be hooked.
I grew up on a 250-acres pear farm in what is now Silicon Valley. My family landed in the valley in 1850. They came not for gold, but to plant trees.
In my youth, Santa Clara County was all farm land. It was known as “The Valley of Hearts Delight”, so beautiful and soil rich that Photographer Ansel Adams was drawn to take pictures there. A friend of the family published an amazing book about that valley, “Passing Farms, Enduring Values”, in 1984. By then most the farms were gone or going, giving way to industrialization. Writer Wallace Stegner, in his introduction to the book, noted:
Silicon Valley is probably a good, in many ways. The Valley of Hearts Delight was a glory. We should have found ways of keeping the one from destroying the other. We did not . . .”
I spent my summer days as a child roaming the orchards with my younger sister, our friends, our dogs and pony, and our art-making stuff, soaking it all up, feeding our imaginations. We were in the creek, under trees, creating forts, pretending we were wild west heroes and outlaws. We felt free to explore, examine, take notice. We were generally up to our elbows in dirt and often barefoot, proud of our callous-toughened feet. I knew then it was an ideal childhood, and that it could not last. I would grow up, the farm would vanish, but not the memories. With Art Farm, my goal is to offer kids a chance to have what I had: a memory-making adventure.