Peterborough farmer to lead Camp Glen Brook

Shelley Goguen Hulbert of Peterborough was recently named the new Executive Director of Camp Glen Brook.

Glen Brook is owned and operated by the Waldorf School of Garden City, NY. At Glen Brook, the ideals of Waldorf education are woven into a rich, traditional New England summer camp experience for children grades 3 through 8. In addition, the Falcon Outdoor Leadership Program is offered for high school freshmen and sophomores and as well as school and family programs for all ages throughout the year.

Glen Brook has been a working farm since 1776. In 1946, the 200-acre farm was purchased by William Harrer, a teacher from The Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, as a place for school children to spend summers away from the city in the sun, breezes and waters of New Hampshire. In 1973, through the efforts and generosity of Peter Curran, the Waldorf School of Garden City acquired Camp Glen Brook.

Goguen Hulbert, follows Harrer and Curran as she takes up the helm at Glen Brook. She and her family have resided on their small, diversified biodynamic farm in Peterborough since 1984. Her children, now grown, attended the Monadnock Waldorf School, where she served as a class parent and a board member. Shelley holds a masters degree in social work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a certificate in biodynamic agriculture from the Pfeiffer Center at Sunbridge College. She was co-founder of Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm, a socially and environmentally sustainable intentional community in Peterborough.

In addition, Kim Nilsen, has been hired as the Farm Director at Glen Brook’s biodynamic farm. He is a long-time resident of New Hampshire and a veteran of the natural foods industry, having been part-owner of Blue Range Natural Beverages Company, formerly of Keene, and one of the early directors of the well-known Brattleboro Farmers Market.

Prior to his natural foods industry forays, he and his wife, Catherine, developed and ran for 10 years Apple Butter Herb Farm, a retail and wholesale fresh and processed herb product company, producing goods from plants grown in greenhouses, coldframes and gardens on their seven-acre homestead.

Nilsen is also the founder and board chair of the nonprofit Cohos Trail Association and he has published several hiking guidebooks, and will soon publish a lengthy novel.

At Camp Glen Brook, Nilsen sees an opportunity to restore agriculture to its proper place and stature. Young people, he believes, ought to have a direct link to the land and learn how to husband the land so that it becomes increasingly bountiful. His goal is for the majority of the food served at Glen Brook to be grown on the farm.

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