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Sarah Kacevich photoWe are happy to announce that Sarah Kacevich has joined Farrington Nature Linc as our new Program Director. Following on Farrington’s rapid growth over the last five years, Sarah will continue to help us move forward in living our mission  more deeply. We are excited to work with her to expand opportunities for Farrington to connect children from low-income communities with nature, the land, and outdoor fun.

Sarah gets her love of nature from growing up around the woods and oceans of Massachusetts. She comes to Farrington from Strong Women, Strong Girls, a Boston-based youth development organization, where she was the Program Manager. Previously, she worked at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, a retreat center in New York. She has taught art, yoga, and English with youth; has volunteered with farms in Chile and in Newton, Mass.; and leads hikes with Wilderness Heals, an initiative that supports the Elizabeth Stone House in Boston. She has a B.A. in Human Rights Studies with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. At Farrington, she is excited to combine her experience with youth development and nonprofit management with her passion for the outdoors.

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By Susan Taylor, Farrington Trustee and Clerk

Until Rebeca was 17, she spent most afternoons on her mother’s couch in a small apartment and watched cooking shows on TV.  That summer, she took a job as a junior staffer at Farrington-Nature Linc, and her life began to change.

 “At Farrington, I’m out of my comfort zone — outdoors all the time,” she said.  “I’m actually doing something, not waiting for Chef (Gordon) Ramsey.”

 Now a college junior studying biology, Rebeca is a self-motivated, active young woman with an appetite for adventure and a new appreciation for the natural world.

 “There’s always something new you didn’t know was there like the massive rock deep in the woods or the yellow frog we found with weird black eyes, like mascara eyes,” she said.

For many of the urban teenagers on Nature Linc’s junior staff, the experience isn’t only their first immersion in nature, but it’s also their first serious job commitment. Their summer experience is one path of Farrington’s program offerings.

 The “Pathways to Farrington” program offers three levels of connection to nature ranging from the introductory experience of group field-trips to the extended relationship that the Nature Linc summer staff enjoy.  Farrington’s “Extend” pathway promotes responsibility to protect green spaces and encourages leadership to build community in urban as well as natural areas.

Van holding chicken  Working around wildlife has given Van, a high school senior, new appreciation for sharing the world with other creatures, even in the city.

 “Back home when I see an animal like a spider, I don’t go crush it,” Van said. “Now I know it’s his natural habitat. I say, ‘Let it be.’”

He also learned he can accomplish new skills and take responsibility.

 “I come here, I know what to do. I can handle the chickens now, no problem,” he said, recalling his initial fear of fluttering feathers.  “When the kids ask me questions, I can tell them the names of some of the plants and what they’re for.”

 For Maya, now a college freshman, the first years as a Nature Linc staffer helped her develop personal skills and leadership experience.

“I’ve learned to be kind when I used to get so frustrated,” said Maya, who greets every question with a broad smile. “I was always the one to be quick to answer back when someone came at me. But now, when there’s that one kid with a spicy attitude, I say, ‘Hey friend, come over here and be my buddy. You and I are going to go together.’ It works.”

Feeling comfortable in the woodlands, fields, ponds, and gardens at Farrington and becoming role models for younger children from inner-city neighborhoods has been transformative for many teenagers when they develop a sense of belonging to a wider world.

No better example than Anthony, age 23, who said he “came out of my shell” at Farrington. His experience working with children at Nature Linc helped him qualify for his current year-round job at an after-school program.Maya

“I was so different when I first came here. I was all closed up,” he said. “Here, it’s peaceful. You don’t have to worry about what’s going on at home. I’ve learned to open myself up, talk to people.”

Anthony said he hopes everyone who has worked at Farrington over the years will share a bond with the place, the program, and each other.

“If I ever get married and have my own family, I’m going to bring them out here,” he said.  “I’ll say “Come with your Dad and see the spruce forest and chickens,’ and I’ll say, ‘This is what your Dad did. Your Dad worked here.’”

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We’re halfway! Summer 2017 Review

July 28, 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a lovely summer for the campers and staff visiting Farrington Nature Linc! Despite a rainy July, we’ve had 20 visits, from 14 programs, and served over 600 youth so far this summer. Our Experience Field Trips (one time visit) have introduced many children to farm animals, our pond, our […]

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Providing Professional Development for Urban Youth Workers

July 27, 2017

For the last several years, Farrington Nature Linc has offered to provide nature based trainings to the staff of the area camps and programs that visit during the summer. The goal was to find ways to encourage staff to broaden the nature experience for their campers by expanding beyond the one time visit to Farrington […]

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New Summer Staff Have Arrived!

June 29, 2017

The summer planning is going strong over at Farrington these days! We are just about to host our first visiting group and kick off the busy days ahead. Joining us in summer program leadership this summer are Kiz Ortiz-Vanger, as our new Explore Coordinator, and long-time staff member Anthony Mazzarella as our Lead Counselor.  Kiz […]

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Farrington is hiring two positions for the 2017 summer!

March 12, 2017

Farrington Nature Linc is looking for two individuals to join our summer crew in providing fun, engaging and hands-on field trips in nature for over 1,000 children this summer.  If you’d like to get outside, work with urban children in a rural setting, create curriculum or train staff, this might just be the position for […]

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February School Vacation 2017 Wrap- Up

March 10, 2017

This year’s February Vacation Week was our biggest ever.  We had 8 groups visit us, almost all returning from last year. Returning February Vacation Week Groups included Tenacity, Cambridge Community Center, East End House, Malden Family Housing (twice), and Brookview House while our new February Vacation Week Groups were Waltham Boys and Girls Club and […]

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2016 Summer Program Wrap Up

October 21, 2016

Another summer has come and gone, and while the leaves change, we wanted to share a brief recap of our summer program.   This July and August, our 9 youth staff, Lead Counselor, and Program Director (plus 3 additional staff members on call) served 1,076 youth. More than the volume of youth on the property, though, […]

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Shire/Boston Cares Work Day

October 14, 2016

On October 7 a group of employees from Shire Pharmaceuticals came out to Farrington for a work day. Boston Cares helped coordinate the day and provided supplies for our projects. With the help of the 25 volunteers we painted the Activity Barn floor, painted our newly winterized program space walls and cut back foliage from […]

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Fairy Festival 2016 Pictures!

May 6, 2016

Thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers and attendees for helping to make Farrington’s 2016 Fairy Festival a success. It was a full day of fairy fun for our visitors. We made terrariums and fairy bells (or wands depending on the fairy who was crafting!) There were solar prints made capturing nature on paper with […]

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