The Global Issues Project Presentations were a smashing success! Students truly rose to the occasion Friday night, exhibiting the hard work they've put into preparing their projects for change in their community that they plan implement when they get home. It was great to see so many members of the local and extended Woolman family in attendance.
On November 8th, Johnny Woolman and the Wombats—an eclectic mix of musically talented Fall 2013 students, interns, and faculty—had the rare opportunity to take the stage before renowned author Michael Pollan spoke to an audience of over 1,000 in Grass Valley. Pollan is a long-time hero at Woolman and his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, is part of the school's Environmental Science curriculum.
On Friday, October 25th the students and staff of the Woolman Semester School gathered with over 100 members of the broader Nevada County community in celebration of the 123rd firing of the school's renowned six-chambered, wood-fired climbing kiln. The night included a lecture by Richard Hotchkiss, one of the original designers of the
On Saturday September 23, many Woolman students and staff made their way to multiple locations along the Yuba River to participate in a day of restoration and clean-up. Over 500 other local volunteers also joined the effort and the entire day of service resulted in the removal of over 11,450 pounds of trash and recyclables from the Yuba and Bear River watersheds.
Our Woolman community is only a microcosm of this vast, ever-changing world. Yet in our garden and orchard, in our classrooms and at our tables, we strive to build a community that can embody and model the transformation that we so desperately need. Our pursuit is not solely about advocating for solutions, or understanding injustice. It is about becoming—creating the change that we wish to see beneath our feet and in our hearts.
Mary Jorgensen, cofounder of The John Woolman School, joined students in their newly created outdoor “student lounge” prior to her recent documentary interview. This semester students are producing documentaries on a variety of subjects. Mary was interviewed by a student, AJ Sunmonu about her experience as a Freedom Rider during the civil rights movement. It was an exceptional opportunity for students to meet someone who participated so fully in an historical civil rights event.
Dorothy Henderson and Doug Hamm retired on January 31, 2013, after faithfully serving the Woolman community for over 12 years. We are very grateful to Dorothy for her leadership as Head of School since June 2008, and to Doug for his care of the buildings and grounds as Maintenance Supervisor since June 2000, and to both of them for the myriad ways in which they grounded, nurtured and led the Woolman community over the years.
This season we grew the most beautiful flowers yet. While this is great for the beneficial insects they attracted and all of that, I have a new appreciation for the inherent value of beauty on the farm. There is something so heart opening about walking into a space where there is care for aesthetics and beauty. The flowers travelled about campus making regular appearances at meal times, in the administrative offices, as birthday surprises and even to our CSA member’s homes and the vegetable stands at our partner schools.
Yesterday it rained. The weather turned from over 80 degrees last week, to a high of 48. In the afternoon, great swoops of fog rolled in and the Ponderosas looked like ghosts of their former selves.