Casey believes that hands-on learning, farming, nature connection and good ol’ homemade music have the power to revitalize culture and build healthy communities. Casey aims to make sure each camper has an incredible summer experience, and to support them in discovering their unique gifts to share with their community and with the world. A seasoned educator and innovator, Casey served as Farm Program Director during Eden Village Camp’s pioneer summer in 2010. He went on to serve as founding director of Camp Urban Adamah in Berkeley, and most recently was program director at the Pearlstone Center, the Jewish retreat and environmental education center near Baltimore. Casey can often be found building mandolins, hiking, gardening, cooking, and inviting friends over for spirited, song-filled Shabbat meals together with his wife, Rivka (also an Eden Village 2010 pioneer summer staff member!). Casey is thrilled to carry the seeds of Eden Village Camp westward and nurture a new vibrant camp community.
Zachary brings a wealth of experience in camping and youth education to the Eden Village team. Raised in New England, he worked at a summer camp in New Hampshire for seven summers before teaching middle school science in New York City. He moved to California to complete the Urban Adamah Fellowship and most recently worked with Casey as Urban Adamah’s camp director and director of public programs. Zachary is excited to combine his enthusiasm for education, environmental stewardship, and Jewish spirituality at Eden Village West. Outside of camp, Zach can often be found singing and making music with friends, gardening, and planning long backpacking trips through the Sierras.
Every summer growing up in Massachusetts, Rebecca’s parents grew tomatoes and herbs and she usually didn’t want anything to do with it. Instead, she spent her summers at Camp Ramah – first for two weeks and then for eight. Once camp was over Rebecca realized the surest way to spend time outdoors was to farm. Rebecca has farmed in production spaces and educational ones like Eden Village East in 2012. She’s farmed in Massachusetts, China, the Hudson Valley, and most recently Santa Cruz, California where she completed a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz’s CASFS program. Wherever she farms, Rebecca finds that people connect over being outdoors, working the land, and preparing the fruits of their labor. She is looking forward to the first summer at Eden Village West to create a radical connection with land, food, and new friends.