Eight months ago, we set out on an adventure in “Valhalla Falcon” to follow our dreams and live a life of purpose. My expectations were no match for the realities of life on the road. Expensive and time consuming vehicle repairs, border crossings, rainy weather conditions leading to mold growth, poor communication, and disorganization continue … More How has WWOOF impacted my life?
My mother passed away from breast cancer when I was seven. She was in her mid-thirties and there were some speculations made about chemicals from the cornfield behind our house. My mother and father were very close with nature and took my sister and me canoeing and hiking throughout Indiana and beyond when we were … More My Climate Story
This weekend, my eyes were opened a little bit wider. Yesterday, I joined the Save Movement and stood outside a slaughterhouse for the first time to bear witness, for a few hours, and see with my own eyes cows coming into the facility. JBS yearly kills over 2 million cows. That may sound astonishing but … More The Save Movement
I’m not sure how I feel about my experience touring the Fair Oaks facilities. While we were all there, there were so many emotions filling up the rooms that I think my feelings were influenced by others. I wonder if I would have had a completely different experience if I was alone or with a … More Fair Oaks Farm Reflections
We stayed the night at the Merry Lea Environmental Center, a Goshen College owned center for undergraduates and graduate students to learn experimentally on the land. Covering over 1000 acres of land, the center is a site for sustainable living and sanctuary for the plants and animals who have made it their home. In addition … More The Rest Day
By Mandisa Marks Relaxing in a hammock after today’s momentous first day, I reflect on the ride with a belly full of tonight’s curry dinner. Today marks the first day “on the road”, since we will not return the Earlham’s campus until early June. We left mid morning to spend most of the ride traveling the … More Prairie Creek Reservoir