That''s how Farmer Ivy starts every Bookworms meeting. Seven or eight smiling faces beam back at her from their home computers, their book at the ready. They are often at the kitchen table, with a parent bustling in the background.
Kids (and their adults) are over-Zoomed, for sure. But there is something about the Bookworm Club that keeps them coming back week after week.
The stories they get to read and share? The new friendships made across time and space?
But also the magical gift of a cool grown up who is deeply interested in what they have to say.
Back in early March, Farm Education Director Ivy Mitchell made the difficult - and prescient - decision to cancel Arcadia Farm Camp and field trips when most of us were just figuring out what a stay-at-home order was.
And she knew what they would be missing, even more than the bright red strawberries and plump blackberries the children hunted in the Groundhog Garden, more than the orange carrots they unearth and the beets that stain their fingers pink, more than the gritty worms that wiggle in their hands. Ivy knew that what children would hunger for most, without the ability to come to the farm, was the rapt attention of a kind adult (outside of their immediate family) who really, REALLY wanted to hear what they have to say.
And so online Farm Camp and the Bookworms club came to be - because Arcadia is not just a clutch of farm-related programs. It''s a community of friends and strangers, who come together around food - growing it, learning about it, eating it, and talking about, and around, and because of it.
The littlest Arcadians are invited to join Ivy and new friends every Tuesday. They will start a new book in 2021. Click here to sign up. http://arcadiafood.org/Bookworms
Thank you for supporting Arcadia as we adapt on the fly to changing circumstances. We couldn''t have gotten this far without you.
Please consider making a year-end donation to Arcadia as you celebrate the end of 2020 while looking forward with hope to 2021!
We hope to see you in the new year!