Born and raised in beautiful Cape Town, Jade is bouncing off the walls about returning to California for another season at camp. Though the shadow of Table Mountain will always be home, she loves to see new places and hopes one day to be a full-time travel journalist. After leaving camp in 2015, Jade travelled across the United States with her fellow counselors (love you Team Southern Hem!), then returned to the Mother City working as a freelance writer and editor. Fond childhood memories include disappearing into books and flying off to explore foreign lands with her family. Word nerd. Travel junkie. Sunscreen enthusiast. Make tea not war.
Allison was born and raised in the coastal town of Brookings, Oregon and is ecstatic to be returning to Plantation for her third summer! A major in Human Physiology, she spent four years at the University of Oregon where she focused in alternative medicine, as well as rode for the equestrian team. Since ending camp last summer, she spent a few weeks traveling with fellow counsellors, before taking off for a 3 month solo adventure through Europe. Her favorite childhood memories are from horseback - riding up the the mountain on a sunny day, playing cops and robbers with her sister, or just being at the barn. This year Allison is thrilled to begin her role on the leadership team and put her horse experience to use as head wrangler! She cannot wait to be back to the magic of Plantation, and make new and exciting experiences that are sure to follow.
Emily is from a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, but is currently studying environmental studies and education at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Last semester, Emily studied abroad in South Africa and Namibia, which was a great adventure, but now she is excited to return to Plantation Camp for her second summer. Emily cannot wait to live the camp lifestyle again, to sleep under the stars, and to eat lots of good food!
Nina is from Highland Park, IL, and she is super excited to return to camp for her ninth summer on the farm, and first on staff! She spent summers away from Plantation working on a petting zoo in Illinois. Nina studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, and in her free time she enjoys hiking, backpacking and skiing through the beautiful Green Mountains. She has endless happy memories of milking the goats and cows, strumming along on her guitar or ukulele to morning singing, swimming in the lake, and cooking over the campfire at Plantation. She can't wait to meet new people this summer.
Amber is from Petaluma, CA and is over the moon about her first summer at camp! Amber has been going to school over the last few years. She is studying equine science (horse science) and is on her way to creating a career working with horses and a variety of other livestock, such as, sheep, goats, alpaca, cows and many more! Amber has a few hobbies that she thoroughly enjoys. These consist of horseback riding, vaulting, photography, and hiking. Amber's favorite memory from her childhood is the time her parents took her and her brothers gem mining in San Diego.
Colin was born in the states but raised in Western Australia with his 3 siblings. In that time he studied a bachelor degree in film and began performing stand up comedy around Australia. He aims to travel the states with his act and after camp make the permanent move to relocate to the U.S. In his spare time he's an avid comedy writer and film buff who's very excited to bring his energetic personality to the outdoors and make the most of summer camp!
Chloe is from a small village in County Down in Northern Ireland. She has spent the last two years training to be a technology and design teacher and is currently in her second year of training. Chloe is a born and raised country girl who enjoys working with animals, but has a love of horses. Her favourite childhood memories are skiing in Andorra with her family along with participating in hot air ballooning in the south of Ireland with family. This is Chloe's first summer at Plantation Farm Camp and she is very excited to get stuck in and make it the best summer ever!
Sam is from near Birmingham in the United Kingdom and is really looking forward to spending his first summer in the States at Plantation Farm Camp. For the last 3 years Sam has been studying Economics at the University of Bristol, UK and is graduating this summer. Sam is a very keen sportsman who participates in a variety of sports on a regular basis including soccer, cricket and golf; as well as having a passion for running which has led him to competing in the London Marathon this year just past. Away from the sports field, Sam is a lover of music and enjoys hanging out with his friends and family. Sam’s favourite childhood memory would be helping look after his three younger sisters as they grew up one by one.
Paulina is beyond excited to be returning to Plantation Farm Camp for a second summer spent in the woods surrounded by the best staff and campers on the planet! Paulina is from Arlington, Texas and is currently finishing up her last semester at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas getting degrees in Political Science and Global Studies with a minor in Arabic. When not at school, Paulina enjoys soaking up the sun, lounging in her hammock, spending time with loved ones, and cooking healthy and tasty meals! Her fondest childhood memory consists of summers spent at her family’s beach house in Delaware. Paulina is looking forward to spending another wonderful summer outdoors creating even more Plantation memories.
Rory is returning for a second summer at Plantation Farm Camp and has never been more excited! He's looking forward to re-live the PFC experience all over again. Rory is from a small town near Glasgow, Scotland and has been working in the film and TV industry, on the show Outlander, as a stagehand/carpenter trainee and hopes to return in a different field within the industry. In his free time, he enjoys traveling the world, meeting new people, cooking and mostly eating good food, keeping physically fit, taking photos of beautiful scenery, playing guitar, listening to music, skate/snowboarding and spending time with his family and dog. His favourite childhood memory is riding on an elephant in Thailand. Plantation Farm Camp has played a big part in Rory's life and he can't wait to be part of the community again
Hartley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. He is the eldest of two boys and has a keen passion for the outdoors and sports of any kind. This will be Hartley's third year here at Plantation Farm Camp, he is excited to rejoin the Plantation family once again and make this year best so far. Since parting ways at the end of last summer he traveled throughout the United states culminating in a road trip with four other previous counselors from New Orleans to New York. After seeing some more of Europe Hartley finally returned home to Perth, and whilst Hartley has been enjoying the beautiful warm conditions of the Australian summer he just couldn't shake the Plantation itch. Plantation holds a special place in Hartley's heart, he is overjoyed to be returning to camp and being amongst the mighty Redwoods once more.
Garry is from Cork city, in the south of Ireland. When he is not counseling as a leader in a youth group, he is studying chemistry at university in Ireland. This past year Garry has been involved in organizing and running a wide variety of events and activates for his youth group, including a fun run for charity, outings to the seaside and trips to the local fair. In addition Garry plays in a band named brainwave, that in January recorded and released an ep on Spotify! Garry regular performs with his band at shows and events around cork city and enjoys practicing with them on the weekends. Some other hobbies include reading, attending the cinema with friends and working on his father’s farm. Garry favourite childhood memory is playing in the straw shed with his brother and two cousins making forts and swinging from the roof swing.
Margot is coming to camp from Adelaide, South Australia. Margot grew up in rural Victoria which saw her outdoors a lot riding horses, skiing on the river and riding bikes. She has experience teaching dance, yoga and fitness classes and loves painting. She has spent the last 12 months working in the travel industry with Flight Centre, which has fed her love of the world and trying new things!! One of Margot's favourite memories from her childhood is when she sold tickets for 50cents to a singing and dancing 'lounge room theatre' that she performed in with her older sister. She is very excited to be working at Plantation and is looking forward to an awesome summer.
Danni is from the United Kingdom near Birmingham and is over the moon to be spending her first summer at camp! Danielle attends Staffordshire University and is currently in her second year. Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going on as many adventures as she can fit into a day! She loves travelling and exploring the world her most recent adventure was to Finland and it got as cold as -27 degrees!! She enjoys spending her time outdoors particularly mountain biking! Danni’s favourite childhood memory is when she saw an aeroplane up close for the first time!
Lily is from Chicago and is so excited to join the Plantation Farm Camp staff crew! She loves to spend her time outside: hiking, running, and rock climbing. She went to PFC herself for nine summers growing up and her favorite memories of camp are from hikes. She loves animals, her favorite farm animal is the cow, but horses are a close second. Lily cooks a lot, especially sweets! She makes great over-the-fire pancakes and she makes the perfect s’more! Lily is finishing up her freshman year at Dartmouth College where she studies Engineering and researches plasma physics. She’s super excited to meet her campers and have fun outdoors with them!
Anika is from San Francisco, CA and is incredibly excited for her second summer at camp! She currently attends California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo as an Animal Science major with a minor in Equine Science. Needless to say, she loves all animals, horses in particular, and has spent the past year learning all she can about the horse industry, from riding and teaching riding lessons to training racehorses and going to the Kentucky Derby! One of her favorite childhood memories is of living and working on a farm in Minnesota for a few weeks. She loved the sense of pride and responsibility that came with taking care of the plants and animals and making sure there was food on the table. That memory of the experience and the feelings that came with it is what drew her to Plantation Farm Camp in the first place, and it is with that memory in mind that she eagerly looks forward to another amazing summer at camp!
Sophie is from Irvine, California and currently attends the University of Vermont. She plans to major in sociology with a minor in statistics. She loves Vermont but is excited to come back to California for the summer. She spent her childhood at the pool or beach and loves hiking, singing and goats. One of her favorite childhood memories is swimming in the San Francisco Bay for the Sharkfest swim. She can’t wait to start her adventure as a counselor!
Kevin was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, this will be his third year at camp. He studied Performing arts in college and is now pursuing his acting and writing career. Kevin also loves all sports and has been playing and coaching hurling and Gaelic football (Irish sports) his entire life. He has also traveled around Europe and America enjoying and experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. When he's not acting or playing sport Kevin enjoys long boarding, hip hop dancing, Gaming, playing guitar and ukulele and just enjoying some music. The past two summers plantation has become a second home to him and he looks forward to returning to the wonderful place that is plantation farm camp!
Samuel is originally from a small seaside town in Scotland called Ayr but currently lives in Edinburgh studying Law with Business Management at university. He plays left tackle for his university's football team “The Napier Knights” and volunteers as a coach at his university's women's rugby team as the team's medic. This will be Sam's second summer at Plantation having been there 2 years ago in 2014. He loved the experience and is so happy to have the chance to come back to be part of the Plantation family again doing a job he loves. Samuel is excited to bring back the traditional Scottish dancing from his first summer as well as songs by the campfire and taking hikes down to Stump Beach. He can't wait for this summer and hopes everyone is just as excited as he is!
Luke is from Lawrence, Kansas and although he loves the natural beauty of his home state, he is very excited to be spending his second summer at camp in California. He is currently attending St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Luke loves spending time outside, including climbing trees, playing soccer, going on hikes, and catching and cuddling all the animals. Luke also loves music, and morning singing is often his favorite part of the day. He is very excited to be returning and looks forward to many gulch hikes and campfires this summer.
Manon could not be happier to return to Plantation! After spending the summer at camp last year, she fell in love with the beautiful people, animals and environment. Having grown up in the semi-rural Adelaide Hills of South Australia, she has a great love for the outdoors. Manon will soon begin a degree in Occupational Therapy, with the view to specialize in pediatrics. Before commencing these studies, her plans revolve around work and international travel. Manon’s warmest childhood memories are of times spent with her dogs and miniature horses. She is delighted to be resuming the rhythm and community of camp life and can’t wait to be singing, playing, exploring, eating, growing and connecting amongst the Redwoods once more.
Olivia comes from London, UK where she works as a high school teacher, actress, songwriter, and film producer. As a child, she went to a creative Hogwarts-style boarding school in the English Countryside, rode horses on the beach a lot and continuously persuaded her parents to get "just one more pet". She then went on to get a diploma, a bachelor's degree, a masters and a postgraduate certificate of education, all majoring in various aspects of theatre studies and acting. Clearly a big fan of learning, she now has more letters after her name than in her name. Olivia currently works in an inner-city London school teaching Drama and English, directing school productions, and being a personal tutor. Outside that, she has won Best Actress awards at international film festivals, had a short film long-listed for a BAFTA, and sings in a band and a show choir. Her other loves are food and cooking, travel, dancing, dressing up in silly outfits, drinking lots of tea, writing poetry and songs, playing her ukulele and piano, and wandering the countryside. This is her 3rd summer at PFC and she cannot wait to be back on the farm!
Hannah is overjoyed and so grateful to be joining this beautiful farm camp community this summer before leaving North America to serve as an Environmental Educator in Paraguay through the Peace Corps. Hannah grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY and then studied Human Development and Theatre at Cornell University. She then took time away from her studies to work on a farm, deepen her yoga practice, write, and teach at a Waldorf preschool. Hannah fell in love with the Waldorf pedagogy (please look into it!) and after graduation headed west to manifest a life in Manitou Springs, CO leading the Sunflower Kindergarten at Mountain Song Community School. Her other favorite past positions include teaching youth yoga, leading teen library programs, and teaching tie dye at another camp. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, drinking tea, smelling flowers, listening, dancing, reading, creating, and soaking in hot springs. Her favorite childhood memory is of her and her sisters riding bikes down to the lake to squish their toes in the sand, become mermaids in the water, and let the sunshine kiss their faces!
Kirstyn is in her final year at the University of Pittsburgh, studying Urban Studies and Environmental Studies. Originally from the Philadelphia area but having done a lot of traveling, Kirstyn always falls in love with the places she visits and can't wait to make her next home at camp! During her time in Pittsburgh, Kirstyn has had the good fortune of working for some amazing nonprofits, leading outdoor adventures and educating the public on their role in city parks. Outside of work and school, she enjoys slacklining with friends, reading, writing, cooking, and exploring new landscapes. Some of Kirstyn's favorite childhood memories are from barefoot summer nights spent catching fireflies under the Weeping Willow in her backyard, and she hopes to have many more memorable adventures this summer!
Brock is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina but now resides in Jupiter, Florida. He is beyond excited to spend his first summer here at camp! As a kid, Brock loved to put his imagination to the test. He was always out exploring new things. He graduated high school in May of 2015 and took a year off between high school and college to figure out what he really wanted, rather than going to a college he didn't feel passionate about. In doing so, he found Warren Wilson College; a unique liberal arts school nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Swannanoa, North Carolina, that combines academics with work and service. He is overjoyed about attending college this fall and plans to major in creative writing with a minor in cultural anthropology. Brock's ultimate dream is to become a world-wide photojournalist. He has a passion for traveling to the unknown and experiencing new things. He is elated to take on this new and exciting adventure as a camp counselor 3000 miles away from home. Brock loves to make a difference, have fun, and make an impact on others lives. He cant wait to spend the next few months of endless adventure at camp!
The local Fort Ross kid Cory Cresswell, spends most of days with his dad out over at “the shop” dinking away at projects. The father son team works together to build creative mechanical things to make daily life a little easier. When there isn’t something to fix or build, he is going to school at the Santa Rosa junior college (an hour and a half away). Cory does not know what he wants to pursue, but is enticed to be educated in culinary arts and/or water conservation/treatment. The importance and demand of clean water will always be needed, but the love to make delicious food drives him up the walls. Cory has an older sister who is never around, but nevertheless, she is kind and open hearted. He is eighteen and has a dream of someday buying a Toyota truck for towing around toys. Maybe it’s just him, but he is convinced that this summer will be jam packed with unforgettable memories, just like his childhood.
Dara was born in Israel and moved to Colorado at the age of 4. She as dual citizenship but is definitely a Coloradoan at heart! She can speak both English and Hebrew, as well as some sign language too. Dara loves anything outdoors, growing up with the Rocky Mountains right out your door has its benefits! A passion of hers is working with children with special needs. For two years she worked at a daycare for the special needs. Every summer they would go on a week long wilderness camp, so she is extremely excited for her first full summer working at Plantation Farm Camp! She currently works at the hospital as a nurse assistant and is pursuing a career in the healthcare field. This past year Dara backpacked around Europe, reaching 17 countries in four months! When she is not off traveling, she loves to read books, listen to music, have random dance parties, try new foods, go on a runs or hikes with her two dogs and just laugh! Dara is thrilled about the upcoming adventures at camp and can't wait to meet everyone!
Aaron is from Palo Alto, California and went to the University of Redlands where he studied and graduated with an emphasis on veterinary science. He is very excited to come to camp this summer and his hobbies include hanging out with friends, reading, playing music with family and friends, drawing, writing, and he enjoys participating in theatre productions. One of his favorite childhood memories was going to the Philadelphia Zoo as it ignited his passion for animal welfare and studies.
Rachel is originally from Los Angeles, California and grew up in the hills of Laurel Canyon. She currently attends Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she plans to major in American studies and Environmental Studies. Her love of the outdoors has been with her for as long as she can remember. One of her favorite childhood memories was going on a canoe trip with her family in northern Ontario through the lakes of Algonquin Park. She enjoys backpacking in the mountains of California and Colorado, biking, singing, photography, and is always looking forward to new outdoor adventures. She is so excited to join Plantation Farm Camp this summer and meet so many new wonderful people!
Andrew is from the Western Wildlands of Oregon, born in the Valley of Death. His teachers, a northwestern crow, a wolf from Mexico and a Chilean raccoon who raised this young boy into the adventurous human he has become. He has struggled, lived, loved and learned to become the compassionate and adventure loving man he is today. Currently he continues his advocacy for the preservation of the natural world and for passionately delicious, sustainable food which he delivers us every day during this summer at camp!
Rose could not be more excited to be spending her first trip to the States on Plantation Farm Camp! Rose is from Nottinghamshire, England - home of Robin Hood! In her spare time she loves to draw, sing, mountain bike, all things water sporty and especially to meet new people and learn new things! Rose is a huge animal lover, in fact she's pretty certain her mum is the crazy cat lady from The Simpsons. She is so grateful to be welcomed into the camp family and cannot wait for camp to start!