This past weekend most of the farm and garden apprentices went on a fieldtrip to John Jeavons' Biointensive farm in Willits, CA. It was an amazing weekend of camping, bonding, learning, laughing, and discussing really scary, controversial, exciting, hopeful things. The first wave of us went to Jackson State Forest outside of Fort Bragg to camp. The car was packed full, we chanted a little chant for travels and then hit the mix CDs and hella traffic then some rain. It felt great to be on the open road with these amazing four people. Jackson State Forest is way the heck out there. Perfect. Redwoods. A river. QUIET. The next day we lounged, read, knitted, talked, ate, ate and went into Fort Bragg for a little meander and some beer from the North Coast brewery, makers of Scrimshaw, Red Seal and Brother Thelonius among others. Great day, sitting around our mediocre fire sure the others were not going to make it that night. Then low and behold at about 9pm old faithful, Danny's minivan, rolls down the hill with the second wave of the party with more food and more beer!
The next morning we're up and at 'em by 6am on the road by 8am and at Ecology Action Biointensive Farm by 9am on the dot. And the next wave of adventures begins.
So in conclusion, no one has all the answers. But getting out and seeing what others are doing and hearing the wisdom of their experience is crucial to helping each of us figure out how we can each save all beings.