Saturday, January 8, 2011 6:56 PM
The morning started with a tour of Koinonia Farm by Steward, Sarah Prendergast. The tour involved learning about how the farm uses God’s patterns to create sustainable landscapes and food sources using permaculture and learning more about the nearly 70-year history of Koinonia Farm. Sarah described the spirit that the founders of Koinonia brought to the deserted piece of land in Americus and the determination that community members had to stay true to God’s teachings as they faced great dangers during the civil rights movement when they paid African-Americans and Caucasians the same pay and invited them to share meals together at a common table. The Koinonia Interim then toured the National Park Service Prisoner of War Museum and Andersonville Prison Grounds, a confederate military prison during the civil war where about 45,000 Union soldiers (with approximately 13,000 deaths) were kept on 26½ acres. These museums helped the students start to think about the history of injustice and what that might look like in today’s world. We worked together to cook a delicious feast of spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread, which we shared with Sarah and her daughters.