Staff photo of Lydia Konecky

Lydia Konecky

Soil has always been an important part of Lydia’s life. When she was five years old, her grandparents emigrated from Ukraine to live with her family in Pittsburgh. They transformed a section of the backyard into a vegetable garden, which became a staple part of daily life. Sunday mornings were spent digging up potatoes for the main meal, and much care was taken to weed the carrots, beets, beans, and radishes. Through this early exposure to our connection with the Earth, of both giving and receiving, Lydia recognizes the importance of early interactions with nature. Her favorite age groups are the preschoolers who come to camp with openness, curiosity, joy, and potential. Lydia also loves birds. “The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil.” — Rachel Carson