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Community Doesn't End When Camp Does.

Like branches of a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain the same.

The Flood of 1973

This past summer F&W experienced a huge flash flood. On the day it happened I was at Flying Cloud finishing up at a staff mtg. When we hiked out and got in our cars it started to rain. We thought we were lucky to make it before we got a little rain. I learned quickly that Woodward was in bad shape. I headed home to Barre, made some not so smart decisions to get home but made it. Luckily I was in a big truck that may or may not have gone through moving water.  

How many of you were around for the Flood of 1973. As I work on the archives, I would love to receive any photos from the Flood of that year. To expedite my organizing, please take a pic of the photo and send it to alumni@farmandwilderness.org. Below is some pictures of the flood. The bridge at Brooks end has been through a lot lately.


1973 FLOOD

Date Location Event Details Extent of Damages 07/06/1973 Town of Plymouth, VT; Windsor County.

A west moving frontal system and a moist, southeasterly flow from the Atlantic Ocean joined to produce heavy precipitation in some parts of the state not seen since 1927.4 5-8” in Windsor County. Connecticut River at Wells River flowing at 57,100 cfs; Wells River flowing at 5970 cfs. Three people killed in Vermont. Damage estimated at $64 million— including extensive damage to crop land and $10 million in state highway damage.5 State declared disaster (DR397 VT)




Polly Willams
Director of Alumni Development

Polly has been part of Farm & Wilderness for 41 years as a camper, seasonal staff member, director, and several year-round roles. Outside of her work at F&W, she has provided training for boards and organizations in anti-bias work, gender, sexuality, and issues surrounding adoption. She lives in Barre, VT with her wife. Her two children are third generation F&Wers. The oldest, Cedar attended the BDC and SAM, and most recently was the Adventure Head at F&W. Polly's daughter Terri went through the BDC and FS as a camper while managing to never live in a cabin that Polly lived in while at FS for 13 years. Polly loves working with children, being silly, canoeing, rock climbing, team sports, leisure tubing, camping and being out in nature.

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Alumni Stories

Reminisce past adventures & reveal new ones!

Don't want to wait for the interim to get updates from other alumni? Check back to this space for stories from our community and get regular updates on friends! Interested in contributing to this column? Submit your written & recorded stories HERE!


F&W On The Road

Come together with other alum in your area!

Polly and others will be traveling around the US for Alum gatherings where we know we have large groups of Alum. Please join us. Check back here and our Events page for our upcoming gatherings!

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2023 Spring Interim
Published April 13, 2023

We're excited to share with you the Interim Vol.86, which contains a beautiful bouquet of stories from 2022!

Read a letter from Executive Director Frances Mclaughlin, get the latest updates from community members, get the inside scoop into the last year of camp magic, and MORE! 

Happy reading, y'all!

Want to be featured in the next interim? Stay connected with our ever-growing alumni network and share your camp memories & life updates HERE

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Help us make camp

Affordable For All

Farm & Wilderness has launched an effort to make our camp experience truly affordable for all families!

While F&W has a long history of our generous community providing financial aid through Camperships, we know that to truly make F&W affordable for all – we must do more than provide financial aid. Therefore, we are raising money for our expanded Campership Program.

This program goes beyond tuition assistance to fund a program that makes Farm & Wilderness truly accessible and affordable for all!


Parent Alumni Experience

Alums Kwame and Pakou share their experiences as Parents at F&W


"Our family history at camp goes back to 1963 when my mother, Jean Turkish, was a counselor at The Farm. So seeing my kids participating at the barn day camp this summer was very incredible . . . F&W has adapted and continued forward through the changing times, much appreciations to all the community for keeping the spirit alive."

— Kwame Nyong'o (BDC parent and F&W alum)

"The gravel road that led me to some of the most wonderful experiences of my life, in the place that changed my life. It’s wild how just standing in this place makes me feel the same sense of freedom and possibility that I felt 35 years ago when I was 10 years old. Several months ago, I imagined my girls walking up this road and the thought made me cry. . . "

— Pakou Her (FS parent and F&W alum)