Even after many years, we are blown away by the lively spirit and determination of the students from GWU. Their dedication to helping people and leaving an impact in such a short time is obvious from all of the projects they engaged in here at the Plenitud teaching center and during a day trip to our partner organization Tierra Prometida. It is clear that this model of alt break trips attracts a certain quality of character, and that the time they spend together is carefully structured to foster team-building and an attitude of sharing and service to others. This attitude is consistently reflected in the deep level of personal sharing and connection that we observe unfolding over the course of the week.
So please know that we miss you GWU, and that we are so grateful for the chance to interact. The orange juice you make tastes just a little bit sweeter. The tomatoes you planted in the front yard are doing well, staked up and growing strong. The agro-forestry swales are looking so swell, with all of the bare soil covered in mulch and the various crops enjoying more sunlight. The stormwater basin is fully mulched and planted with bananas, root crops, and cover crops, and some recent strong rains indicate that the system will function beautifully, as we designed it to. Paula and her worm friends are so happy to have an expanded thermal composting platform and some drier improved pathways.
Even though you are all back at school, please know your presence is felt here too. Stay in touch, and keep learning and growing. Check out Geoff Lawton's website to find forums and resources on all things Permaculture and to keep up with latest news and innovations. Check out books by Sandor Ellix Katz at the library, like Wild Fermentation, or go to Katz's website, to learn more about the craft and cuisine of live-culture foods. And don't forget to get your hands on a copy of Masaru Emoto's powerful little book, The Hidden Messages of Water.