We ventured to the San Francisco Opera House for the Brower Youth Awards -a night of honoring six youth leaders from all around the country who are making positive environmental and social change. The night started with a ride in the party van up to the city and an awesome, farm fresh, pesto pasta dinner that Devin prepared for us.
At the event we learned about the Vermont Sustainability Heating Initiative that is helping schools run their heating systems on locally grown prairie grass pellets and not oil. We heard about environmental justice projects in the Washington DC area that are bringing communities and students together. We learned about a youth-run non-profit that is restoring the native rain forest in Costa Rica and connecting how the global environment impacts us locally. We were also introduced to the devastation of coal mining and mountain top removal processes. We all enjoyed a sugar-rush at the dessert bar before we hopped in the party van for the ride home. It was an evening the remember.
T-town, BD, and Luis stormed the Bioneers Conference this year demanding more and more information on Biomimicry and wild mushrooms. As part of the Just Us for Food Justice youth track, we got to connect with youth from around the nation doing positive work around food. After long days of soaking in all the latest environmental, economic, and social reports from top thinkers, we came back to our camp site to kick it with our friends from LA. With Brighton responsible for building the fire (which always became a raging bon fire), T-town on the games, and Luis regulating our smores (too much high fructose corn syrup), we enjoyed the company of Katy and the ladies from Los Angeles...
The Sunflowers that we planted with the Rooted In Community conference in July came to fruition at the CASFS Harvest Festival! We set up a "u-pick" operation as a fundraiser for "Food, What?!" and sold every single flower! We had a successful day and fun time watching all the little kids run around with sunflowers bigger than their heads.