The Spring Tour is over, and the numbers are still coming in, but it looks like we taught over 3,600 students in March and April. I would like to take a moment to recognize the great people that helped me teach sustainability in these schools: Todd McPherson, Erin Wooden, and Leda Mast all jumped in on random days when I needed a volunteer to fill in, and they did an excellent job sharing about our waste veggie oil system and alternative energy.
My true superhero sidekick (who was so awesome that I often felt like the Robin to her Batman) was Dana “Purple Potato” Biederman.
Dana is a 23 year old rock star of the human race. She has had an exceptional amount of life experience all over the world, and is highly accomplished in the field of Enviro/Garden Ed, having worked at Slide Ranch and the Gateway Mountain Center. Her teaching enthusiasm, experience, ability to listen to the students and speak to them rather than at them, was a true asset along the tour. She is also responsible for making “Kale yeah!” a permanent part of Compass Green’s vocabulary.
I feel very fortunate to have had such an amazing human being and skilled teacher join me on this adventure, and as she moves on from this teaching internship to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, I can only wish her the best and assure that she leaves Compass Green a better organization than when she joined it.