Hey Augustans! My name is Olivia and I’m joining Oak Village for my first year at Camp. I’m 23 years old, and just recently moved out of my college town Eugene, Oregon. I joined Augusta to be a part of a community that is invested in supporting one another in a safe and enthusiastic environment, to live closely with the outdoors, and to learn from those younger than me how to approach life the ease of silliness, curiosity, and the spark of passion.
A bit about my life leading me to spend a wonderful and adventure-filled summer with you: I grew up on my family’s farm just outside of Ashland, Oregon. We’ve raised pigs, cows, goats, chickens, ducks, donkeys and turkeys. We also have a large vegetable garden and have hosted WOOFers from around the world (stands for Willing Workers on Organic Farms, they learn and work in the garden in exchange for room and board). Our fruit vegetables, and animal products that are not readily eaten are fermented, preserved, and frozen. Some years we’ve been able to consume 90% of our own food for 6 months out of the year. In the past few years my parents have taken to growing and grinding their own corn, which makes for delicious tortillas, posole and popcorn! Evenings at home would often include incorporating whatever surplus of fruit or veggies we picked from the garden into pies, jams, sauces, wines, etc.