Dale’s farm supplies over 70% of all food consumed at the Gwynn Valley camp program. In order to mitigate the risk of foodborne illness from produce grown on the farm, Dale will be adding a dedicated produce packing shed. The new building will be only used for packing produce, and will significantly enhance food safety by reducing cross contamination from animal waste. The shed will also increase packing efficiency and advance his goal of becoming GAP certified.
The Farm at Gwynn Valley was recently recognized by the American Camp Association as a model for incorporating farm programming and fresh food into a camp program. “Gwyn Valley is perhaps the first summer camp in the nation to have developed a fully functioning farm that is completely integrated into the educational programming and food system,” Dale said.