Adam Hainer, #16136 of Juniper Hill Farms has been a leader in the local food movement in the Adirondacks. He recently featured Camp Dudley in his newsletter as one of the businesses that he supplies.
“Camp Dudley in Westport NY is a summer camp steeped in years of tradition, 130 to be exact. Now in his fifth year as Camp Director, Matt Storey grew up spending summers there as a boy. He also had a strong connection to gardening as his family founded and owned Storey Books, the farm and gardening publishing company originally based in Vermont. When Matt came to the camp he felt strongly about doing things right, and was frustrated at the roadblocks in the camp’s purchasing regulations to buying local. This prompted a drastic move two years ago to switch from a complete on-site food service to the camp sourcing locally grown food as much as possible and making the food themselves. With the help of Adirondack Harvest, Matt met Adam, a former camper himself, and it was a perfect fit.
“When your food budget is as big as ours, and you decide to buy local, you can really make a difference,” said Storey. It may not always be easy to make growing boys eat their veggies, but the camp can feel great about where those veggies and meats are coming from. Buying from Juniper Hill Farm, and other local farms, is just part of the camp’s sustainable outlook. They have their own garden that is tended by the campers, and it feeds the staff on a regular basis. Campers can choose “Farm to Plate” as their “major” while at camp, and recent creations range from pesto to strawberry shortcake. The campers see the cycle of how the camp provides hay to a local farm, which turns around and supplies the camp with its grass fed beef. The staff and camp leaders fully support the move toward sustainability, and they can be sure it will make a lasting impression on generations of campers to come.”