Camp ANV #UnStungHero: Peter Varas; Food Justice Educator/Camp Counselor


Camp ANV #UnStungHero: Peter Varas; Food Justice Educator/ Camp Counselor

Camp ANV’s #UnStungHeroes celebrates our camp staff and campers who have stood out this summer!

Camp ANV: What is your name?

Peter Varas

Camp ANV: How many years have you worked at Camp ANV?

Peter Varas: This is my first year at camp ANV and I wish I had been here sooner!

Camp ANV: What are some of your hobbies or interests?

Peter: I’ve been skateboarding for 10 years and continue to do it because it keeps me outside and active while also learning new tricks.

I love to farm and recently graduated from UC Davis with my degree in Sustainable Horticulture & Food Systems. I manage an urban farm in Berkeley. When I’m not farming, I’m traveling, reading or watching the Celtics.

Camp ANV: What is your favorite age group to work with?

Peter: They are all fun, but I enjoy working with the LIT’s because some of them are going to high school and are starting to think about what they want to do and I want them to be excited about food justice and farming!

Camp: What does Camp ANV mean to you?

Peter: Camp ANV means that youth can have a safe, fun, experiential learning space that empowers them to grow their own food. They learn about native plants, explore the greater bay area all while connecting with other kids from East Oakland. I really wish I had this when I was growing up. 

Camp: Can you name four interesting things about yourself?

Peter: I’ve been to and skated in 49 states! I’m just missing Alaska. I’m the first person in my family to go to college. I’m first generation born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and was raised between there and Nashua, New Hampshire. I worked at a butterfly farm in Encinitas for 3 years!

Camp ANV: Thanks so much for becoming a part of the ANV Family Peter! You’re doing AMAZING things!

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