Inclusivity & Equity
At Farm & Wilderness, we believe that a diverse community makes us stronger and more resilient. Our Quaker heritage lays out the concept of the ‘Light of the Spirit’ in each person, and we work each year to live up to this ideal. Our goal is to provide an open and affirming space for children, young people and staff, where they feel welcomed for who they are, not feel pressured to be something or someone else.
The Board annually reviews our Inclusivity & Equity plan. We are in the process of developing a five-year plan. Currently we work toward:
- Recruiting campers and staff of color through partnerships, outreach, and affiliations.
- Building age-appropriate curricula for campers.
- Refining staff training.
- Funding and growing partnerships with organizations that have similar gardening and outdoor education programs to increase our diversity.
- Giving campers a summer that enhances their school-year activities.
- More than a welcoming place, seeking ways we can learn from differences.
At F&W, we design and provide age-appropriate curricula that: nurtures a camper’s or teen’s sense of self and community identity; promotes each child’s comfort in socializing with people of varied backgrounds; fosters critical thought about bias; and cultivates a child’s ability to stand up in the face of bias.
Our Board of Trustees has an Inclusivity & Equity Committee. For more information on our current initiatives, please contact Executive Director, Rebecca Geary at [email protected].
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English.