Friday, May 21, 2010

Agriculture Day in Willits

One of the best parts of my job is getting to teach little kids about sustainable living, and (more often than not) learning from them about what it means to live sustainably. Over the past two months, I've met dozens of 8-10 year olds who've taught me all about what it means to live off the grid, to build natural structures, to raise animals and grow vegetables organically... and the list goes on. Needless to say, it is a constant source of inspiration in my life these days.

Yesterday, we had the privilege of participating in Agriculture Day in the town of Willits, where we taught 400 Grade 2-4 students how to make adobe bricks using natural materials from the earth and how to bake cookies using a solar oven. Between hands-on sessions, I met two 9-year old beekeepers named John and Clay, who were demonstrating how to make honey from their backyard hive. Watching little kids teaching other kids about the benefits of homesteading was pretty amazing.


  1. Wow, that is SO cool! 9-year old beekeepers? It is wonderful to hear that the next generation is not entirely in the dark. And it is amazing that you can learn from one another, inspiring!

  2. New hope for the future generation! Just finished reading an article about the BP spill and went from really disillusioned to realy hopeful. Thanks for this surprising and inspiring story!