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Camel's Hump Farm in Bethlehem Twp. needs volunteers

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - "Camel's Hump Farm is a center for nature, education, trying to do wellness, arts. It's a place where community comes together," said Vicki Bastidas.

The farm was part of the Archibald Johnston Estate, the one-time Bethlehem Steel president and first mayor of Bethlehem.

"I love everything about it," she said.

Bastidas runs the place after leading the charge to save the property from development in 2015.

The nonprofit is part nature center, summer camp, community garden and gathering place, especially for those with special needs. Starting in January, Bastidas is taking on a recently disbanded preschool class.

Volunteers are the food that feeds the farm, which includes 4-year-old Elsie. She and her family volunteer at the Bethlehem Township property year round.

"Regardless of what your gifts are, there is a place on the farm for those gifts," Bastidas said.

For little Elsie, that gift is feeding rescue therapy goats. For others it could be reading to kids or heading a yoga class. For Elsie's mom Celia Strouse, it's restoring and farming the land.

"At the end of the day you feel connected to nature," she said.

For more information you can head to Camel's Hump Farm's website.

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