Monday, January 10, 2011 8:22 PM
Snow and ice in south Georgia! Today a large winter storm hit Georgia and Alabama. Several inches of a wintery mix fell in Atlanta (2.5 hours north of Americus) crippling the city. Here in Americus a dusting of snow and then a few hours of sleet closed schools and many businesses. The plan was to work outside today pruning the blueberry plants and setting up a fence, but due to weather conditions, students learned about permaculture and the history of Koinonia. Brendan Prendergast, lead farmer and Steward at Koinonia, spoke with the group about ways he uses permaculture in his daily work and how he has seen it make an impact on the land. Brendan also answered our silly questions about farming with grace and patience! Following lunch, the group watched a video, “Enough to Share,” about the community members at Koinonia in the 1990s. Following this video the students had an opportunity to ask Sarah more questions about what life is really like living in community and about her family’s journey through being three-month interns to pledging a lifelong commitment to Koinonia Farm. Continued discussion on the book, 12 Marks of a New Monasticism occurred tonight.