Hope Guardenier (she/her/hers)
Founding Director / Camp Wizard
Hope founded The Farm Education Collaborative in 2008 with 2 fellow moms and educators. Since 2009 she has been gardening and farming with campers, including her own sons, at the Farm and Garden Camp at Hampshire College. Hope is also the Executive Director of School Sprouts Educational Gardens and has been instrumental in designing and implementing over 15 teaching gardens throughout the Pioneer Valley. She works to realize a vision of outdoor classrooms that allow for hands-on learning and meaningful work. Hope has a M.S. in Environmental Science from Antioch University and additional experience in curriculum development, program coordination, and over two decades of teaching in the outdoors. She is passionate about connecting youth of all ages to their food and bringing learning to life. She and her family live and garden in Belchertown.
Cara Michelle Silverberg (she/her/hers)
Cara is passionate about fostering community experiences that help people to explore and express themselves, their relationships with place, and their relationships with each other. Having spent every summer at camp since she was six years old, she appreciates how summer camps support people in developing as whole people and leaders. Her favorite part of camp is co-creating culture and community with campers and staff. Cara has worked in place-based education and summer camp management for fifteen years. She holds an M.A. in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation with a Training Specialization from SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Bioregional Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Education from Prescott College. She is an herbalist, dancer, musician and blogger. She joined the Farm and Garden Camp team in 2017.