Two local products have recently arrived in our dining halls: Frost Valley Farm eggs and Ronnybrook Farm Dairy milk! Both combine great taste and nutrition with farming practices that prioritize animal ethics and environmental stewardship. Chickens have long lived at the Frost Valley Farm (4 miles by foot and 12 by car from Main Camp), but this spring, thanks to careful research by our farm manager, we were able to welcome an additional 200 hens to our existing group of 25. All live in a renovated space at the farm and have been producing steadily: 28,000 eggs between May and September! Farm staff collect the eggs twice daily, wash them […]

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We’ve added something new to the Welcome Center! The picture below shows Frost Valley’s new electric vehicle charging station.   The station is categorized as “Level 2”, which means it adds 22-25 miles of range per hour to any electric vehicle’s battery. This charging speed is somewhere between the “DC Fast Charge” models at some public stations and what could be accomplished with a standard household outlet.   Frost Valley’s station is available to all guests and staff, free of charge, and can accommodate up to two vehicles at once. On Tuesday, Oct 17, we had our very first guest use the station! A parent chaperone was able to fully […]

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Last week I was lucky enough to take a tour of the Frost Valley Educational Farm with Beth Fitzpatrick, our hard-working and talented farm manager. I was amazed by the abundance of produce and by the many small discoveries to be had about even the most familiar foods! During my short visit, I saw pepper plants so loaded with green peppers that they bent over to touch the ground, super-sized green beans by the hundreds, and green speckled pumpkins over a foot in diameter peeking out from beneath their canopy of plate-sized leaves. August has been a month of abundant harvests featuring over twenty varieties of vegetables and berries, kale […]

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One of Frost Valley’s longest-standing and most effective Earth-friendly programs is our resource management system that converts food waste into compost. I recently had the chance to put together some numbers about the impacts of this system and realized that sharing those numbers is the perfect opportunity to also invite you to join us in composting with a simple home or backyard compost set-up. This post will help get you started!   The Impacts of Frost Valley Composting   Composting at Frost Valley has been around since 1990. At the end of each meal, with your help, we carefully collect food waste, napkins, wooden coffee stirrers, and compostable cups (anything […]

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Hi everyone! My name is Katharine Chute and I am the Sustainability Coordinator here at Frost Valley. I am excited to announce a new monthly section on the Frost Valley blog!   “Frost Valley and the Earth” will share stories about our steps towards being the most environmentally friendly camp possible and about how our visitors and staff are such an important part of this. You will be hearing from many different staff voices who are all members of our Green Team, an active committee that helps plan our environmental projects.   Did you know that Frost Valley YMCA has a “Sustainability Statement”?  Our environmental sustainability efforts are guided by […]

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