Laura and Elizabeth, Transition Program students and Beaver Farm community members


Laura: Spill the beans girl.

Elizabeth: Which beans? I’m not the one in kitchen crew. [both laugh]. OK, OK, OK. Let’s get to it. Community. Before I came to know Camphill, I never really had interest in or knew about community living.

L: For me, I didn’t know the word community until I came to Camphill. When I first came to Beaver Run, I was clueless about what a community was.

E: Let’s put it this way – you were never really familiar with the aspect of the word community. We never really gave it much thought because we just thought about community meaning a town or a city or a township – like local kind of thing. But in a deeper meaning of the word, community is more than that. I don’t think the word ‘community’ makes the average person think about the ‘life-living’ that we do here. But when you think about it, we are not only people that live close to each other, we are also each other’s main backbone, as corny as that sounds.

L: I’m part of our community, but I don’t live here – I come here during the day.

E: You’re not residential like me. So there is a difference in our opinion. The lifestyle is different.

L: It is different. I get here on a bus every morning.

E: But we have a lot in common. What we have in common is that we both learn differently – through working activities. And we’re both really verbal.

L: You’re definitely a talker.

E: Do you ever wonder what we do on evenings and weekends?

L: Yeah. What’s it like on Saturday and Sunday mornings?

E: Well, we don’t have crews but we still have to do the farm work – that has to be done every day, no matter what. And we always have later, laid-back breakfasts like pancakes or something. What’s it like for you to be at home full-time and to transition from home life to school life?

L: I like to go back and forth – I like the change.

E: There are differences in the ways things are at home and the way things are here. I can share in that feeling you have. I get that feeling when I go home for the weekends.

L: And Beaver Farm is different from Beaver Run. It feels like Beaver Farm has more stuff going on all the time.

E: Which is funny because it’s actually a smaller community.

L: But we’re all more busy doing our own things.

E: And around people from all over the world.

L: You learn about people’s history and how they got here and it’s kind of interesting.

E: It’s funny that Laura and I are in a community here, because she was born in Russia and I was born in China. We were neighbors a long time ago too! I find that living in community is one of the best ways of really getting to know people. I tell people, “If you want to know about community, Camphill is the best place to start.”

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