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Friday, April 18, 2008

The Williams School

The people from the Williams School called me about three weeks ago and wanted to know if they could come to the farm for Earth Day.

They wanted to help us in whatever task we had and desired a tour of the farm as well.

I really didn't know what to expect and quite frankly was a bit concerned about what I was going to do with 30 little kids of middle school age.

My first mistake was thinking that I was going to get 30 kids to help clear sticks, logs and such things from a pasture..

What we got was 30 (+/-) young adults who REALLY worked.

Their Parents should be proud.

Their peers should take note.

They came, they unloaded off the bus and immediately passed out leather gloves that the school had provided (that should have clued me in that these young people were here to work)We did the tour first, I gave my opinions and shared our views of why we farm as we do and why the public needs to get out of the Supermarket and out to the local Farm.

We looked and talked and answered questions, they we went to work.

In 45 minutes 1 1/2 acres of two year old downed brush, trees and stumps were cleared, piled and ready for the next burn.

As they entered the bus to go back to the school I had the pleasure of shaking each students hand and saying a very heartfelt Thank You. When asked if they could come back next year there was no hesitation, of course and we would be honored.

My only regret is that I was so blown away with these young people that I forgot to give the Adult leaders their fresh eggs, maybe next year.

If only there were more teenagers like those who came from the Williams School, what a wonderful world this would be..

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