|Earlier this year you may recall members of the BaseCamp community rolling up our sleeves and getting down and dirty…literally! Connecting with America’s Grow A Row has been a very rewarding experience for our crew, and this past Wednesday I had the privilege of see the fruits (ok vegetables) of our labor as I helped to harvest, on behalf of all of you, FIELDS of cabbage!|
I’m always awe-struck by how the work of seemingly few (we had children as young as 4 years old helping this past summer), can go so far when we work together! I hope as we all enter the Holiday season that we share in gratitude for the things we have, and I am equally hopeful that you know how grateful we are for the efforts of our members! If you’re not yet one of those (us) yet…finally, I’m hopeful you’ll consider as we continue to work in pursuit of our mission, healthy community and personal development through shared-experiences!
Mike Wellons, ChairmanBaseCamp 31
|I love those #throwbackthursday posts you see on social media, reminding us of the many fun memories from times past. Recently our partners at the Main Street Half Marathon of Hunterdon shared this little gem that brought us back to 2016… and even before that, to 2012 when members of the BaseCamp community (fueled by board member Lindsay Eisenhart) planted a seed that would grow into the Main Street Marathon Series. Faced with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy which eventually caused the TCS New York City Marathon cancellation, Lindsay led a group of local runners who didn’t feel right running through ravaged parts of NYC and the surrounding boroughs, but weren’t about to let the storm stop them. They ran the 26.2 on local roads!|
In 2016 that seed started to sprout as members of BaseCamp Athletic Club and local runners put together a marathon relay. They cultivated what would grow into the course we follow during the #MSHM. Here’s to those pioneers! #racelocal #community
From Mill to Main….
Every once in a while you hear a story that really moves you…makes you want to take action, and helps you realize just how much more fulfilling life is when it’s not about “you”.
This past weekend members of the BaseCamp community had the opportunity to volunteer with America’s Grow a Row, a local not for profit that started with a single volunteer (founder Chip Paillex) who simply wanted to have some daddy-daughter time with his then 4 year old daugther Kyra. Having never gardened in his life, he felt compelled to start one with his young daughter. Little did he know it would change his…and so many others, lives….
Since that time, America’s Grow A Row has donated over 7.7 million pounds of produce and worked with over 9,000 volunteers (most in Hunterdon County), and has supplied fresh produce to much of the mid Atlantic region in areas of most need. It’s a story worth hearing… one worth taking a part in. We’ll be heading back around harvest time… hope you’ll join us!