“This has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have learned so much here and have made so many beautiful and meaningful connections with people from all over!” - Siena, 15
and just like that, the inaugural summer of spiral has come to an end! we had fifteen high school and college students, four recently graduated college students, one cook, and three directors living here at Dig In for a whole month. and what an unbelievable month it was.
first of all, each of our the fantastic participants completed a full Permaculture Design Certificate, presenting amazing master plans for the farm at the end of the month. we were blown away by their whole-systems thinking. they are now ready to enter the permaculture world as designers, applying the ethics of earth care, people care, and fair share to all their studies and projects.
we also took a number of incredible field trips around the area to learn from other teachers and leaders. we spent time with Jonathan at Food Forest Farm in Holyoke, Leila at Brookfield Farm in Amherst, Kate at Bug Hill Farm in Ashfield, Jono and Kemper at Hickory Gardens in Leverett, Christian at South River Miso in Conway, Jade at Milk and Honey Herbs in Shutesbury, Jill at Winterberry Farm in Colrain, Lilly at UMass Permaculture, as well as guest speaker Evelyn from Broadfork Permaculture. we're so grateful for all the teaching they shared with us this month.
what blew us away more than any of the particular classes or field trips was the incredible group of people who came together this summer. they were consistently thoughtful, hard working, positive, connecting, and visionary. we feel so hopeful about the future knowing these young people.
we are immensely grateful for all the support we had to launch spiral this year, as well as for the students and parents who took a leap of faith in coming to a new program. we are filled up with joy and gratitude and are already scheming for summer of 2016!