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HVP - April 2014

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Page 24 of 46 n Hudson Valley Parent 23 OPEN HOUSE Every Sunday, April 27 - June 15 2-5 pm An inspiring Girls' Camp and Wilderness Trip Program in the Adirondack Mountains The life-changing experience that builds character and confi dence! 518-793-9700 Kelly Oggenfuss of Highland has been a mem- ber of the Huguenot Street Farm CSA program for 10 years. Her sons, Adrian, 4, and Julian, 1, help her pick the food. "They're excited to sit down at dinner and proudly tell their dad that they helped pick those green beans." when I don't, I feel wasteful com- posting it," says Oggenfuss, whose family doesn't particularly like greens or beets. She also points out that the food often does not have the shelf live of grocery food. "Farm lettuce starts to spoil after four days in the fridge, while grocery store lettuce can last up to two weeks." There is also that high upfront price tag. For those who blanch at the idea, there are options. First, many CSAs offer half shares, which allow you to pay half the cost of a full share and receive half of the food. This is an ideal option for smaller families. Even if the CSA that you choose doesn't offer a half share, you can work with another family to split the cost between you. If the cost is still prohibitive, Jacob Diaz, who owns Slow Roots Farm in Kingston, suggests talking to the farmers, who may be willing to barter or may have some discounted shares available. Dawn is a freelance writer and mom to two boys in Saugerties. Does your child love to fi nger paint? Or do you have a serious teenage art student who may want to develop a college portfolio? Either way, the Dutchess Arts Camp@Mill Street Loft offers something for everyone. Their full-day, weekly summer camps for ages 4 – 14, offer a smorgas- bord of opportunities in the visual and performing arts – with plenty of time for outdoor fun and making friends. Founder Carole Wolf explains, "The camp philosophy is about building self-esteem while learning through the arts." "Here, children experi- ence art in action. Kids discover, create, explore and have fun, whether they want to throw a pot, paint a portrait, shoot fi lm, or be a clown or dancer." For example, in one session called Take a Bite Out of Art week, campers create artistic masterpieces inspired by the art of eating. 2014 Camps run weekly from July 7th through August 8th. For teens and tweens, the Art Institute @ Mill Street Loft offers two-week summer intensives on the campus of Vassar College in Pough- keepsie from June 30th to August 1st. Two 2-week sessions, with a 2 week residential option available for the second session. Students concentrate on digital and traditional photog- raphy or the visual arts, and work in a variety of media including charcoal, pastel, wa- tercolor and acrylic. "This is a pre-college portfolio develop- ment program for motivated students who are moving towards a career in the visual arts," explains Wolf. Whether they choose a combination of drawing, painting, sculpture or photography, students begin to develop an impressive art portfolio for college admissions. The Art Institute @Mill Street Loft is an impressive program. $30 million dollars in merit-based scholarships to leading colleges, universities and art schools have been offered to their students. Summer creativity for the artist in your home Carole Wolf, Founder & Executive Director For more information about Summer Programs@Mill Street Loft Poughkeepsie * Millbrook * Beacon * Red Hook call 845.471.7477 or visit camp little notch girls' camp girls camp wilderness camps outdoors camps

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