Woolman Blog

Student Food Intensive Reflection

Grace Oedel, community intern
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Creative Prose – Food Traditions, by Sage Po

It began with a slice of apple that had fallen from my cutting board to the grubby kitchen floor.  My six-year-old self snatched it from the ground and let it drop into the compost bucket before busying herself with peanut butter and a plate to consume her favorite snack.  In his customary gentle style, Peter rebuked the waste.  “In the future, you can rinse that off in the sink, not throw it away…”

Woolman Semester in Friends Journal

Angelina Conti, Peace Studies Teacher
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Woolman Semester is featured in the online edition of Friends Journal's special issue on Friends Education. The article talks about how we "do" community, specifically on Wednesday afternoons in worship, worship sharing, chores and community meeting, and how community life is central to the ethos of our school. 

Click here to check it out. And many thanks to our friends at Friends Journal! 

More than veggies, gardens produce Joy and Smarts!

Malaika Bishop, Garden Manager
Saturday, September 25, 2010

Have you ever wondered why people get HAPPY when they get their hands in the dirt? For years I have found it remarkable how the garden can change people's moods. Just the other day we had a perfect example of this. The interns arrived in the garden in a funk.  It had been a long emotional day; and they were feeling it. The tone was quiet and somber. We divied up our tasks for the day and got to work. A couple of us went to the old garden for a while and when as we were walking back to the annex garden, I heard singing and laughter.

Strawberry Fields

Malaika Bishop, Garden Manager
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Early this spring we splurged on several pounds of bare root Albion strawberry starts. They are an everberring variety that I have seen produce all the way up until November at a nearby farm. We planted about 100 feet (two rows) of these strawberries and they have done us well. The only problem is that they rarely last on the vine long enough to be picked fully ripe and they certainly  have never seen their way to the kitchen in any real quantity.  Inspired by Jacob, our environmental studies teacher, we have plans to change that!

Return from the Food Intensive!

Grace Oedel, community intern
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This past week students, teachers, and a couple of lucky interns traveled around California exploring food systems in depth. Students have been studying all the threads that make up the complex web of food: the process of farming and its environmental ramifications, the treatment of people who grow food, the viability of different models of farms, the way schools educate children about food and nutrition, and the possibilities for a sustainable and secure food future.

Pennies for Purslane

Chelsea Alsofrom, Community Intern
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

When I was little, I hated weeding. Luckily, weeding the garden was not one of my required weekly chores, so I was able to despise it from a distance. But one day, my distaste for the task transformed into devotion. No, it wasn’t because I tasted my first homegrown tomato or suddenly learned to appreciate the origin of life. It was because of one thing, one thing with which we are all too familiar as our economy struggles to recover—an incentive.

Time to Jam

Grace Oedel, Community Intern
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It’s that amazing period of time at the end of hot summer in the Sierras when the blackberries drip off the branches, tomatoes pull down the vines, and strawberries send runners all over their beds.