Angie complains

Heat exhaustion took the best of Angie March the 13th at about 1:55 pm. Her gas pedal refused to accelerate and we pulled the ol’ lady over to assess the situation. A leak, or leaks had sprung and there was a drip-dropping from every square inch of the engine. Tubes of all sorts, steel and rubber were free floating and there was work to be done. Being at the end of the day on Friday, no parts were available to us at the local auto mechanics shop so, luckily there was a friend nearby who whisked Justin away to the closest Isuzu parts shop to pick up the necessary pieces. I stayed back to look after ol’ Angie. Luck was certainly on our side as Justin received a few hints as to how to manage the repairs that were needed to move the truck once again. Upon his return we opened the big lady up and operated. Interestingly enough the operation itself was really quite simple. All that it took were the right parts and a little putting together. Thank god for my past experience with K’nex, Legos and Linc’n Logs. The practice I received when I was a young lass with such “toys” really came in handy, although I never thought I’d use it to replace an injector line.11102808_885801251479760_7167351901650193223_n IMG_20150313_160700062 IMG_20150313_183809255_HDR

After a relaxing weekend on Laguna Beach with a bunch of generous friends who shared their home with us we are now ready for week three. Tomorrow we will be at St. James Catholic School in Torrence, California. Last week we spent two days at Bethune Middle School, Los Angeles and three days at Sheridan Way Elementary School, Ventura. Justin, Angie and I were sure tickled to be guests at the school for the consecutive day runs as students from the previous days’ tours came to greet us with their generous smiles and curiosity repeatedly whenever the opportunity arose.

Stay tuned and we will be touching base to include you in this week’s experiences.

Cheers, All!

-Emily June

New Road Dog: Emily June!

Emily June here, a new member on the Compass Green spring tour. The scoop on me is, I love food and I love people and I love this gorgeous, planet! Most of all I love feeling good and eating a nutritious meal has much to do with that, so you can imagine, this spring tour with CG is giving me a lot to chew on as we cruise in and out of towns to teach at schools down here in Southern California. I traveled from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to jump into the spring CG action.

CG is ending our second week of touring in Southern California. We have already taught at elementary, middle, high schools and one community colleges along our way from Los Altos, to Paso Robles, Santa Maria and Santa Monica, Ventura and now Los Angeles.  I feel much like an alien surfing through the infamous traffic of LA. At times in the midst of the sea of fast driving (and very slow driving) cars I feel as heavy as Angie, our mobile greenhouse and classroom filled with soil and plants that takes us from school to school.

I spent summer last on a farm in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, called Farmwise, working with youth in the garden and I do believe that there is nothing more fun than getting into the soil and exploring all the magical things that happen there with a posy of kids, young and old by your side.

When Justin and I roll up to a school surrounded by concrete and asphalt and invite students out from their classrooms and into the truck to see a scrumptious little pad of earth, a home to plenty plants, on wheels! – faces light up. We talk about ground, earth, soil – compost. We talk about water, rain and catching it. We talk about sun. We talk about how we can give back to the soil so that it can give back to us all. We talk about poisons that are sprayed on plants – yuck! We talk about relationships. Getting to know your farmers and the relationships plants have with each other and the tinsy-tinsy organisms in the soil.

Then, we show off our veggie oil pump and filter system and talk about recycling used materials. We talk about getting around on veggie oil that comes from the good ol’ kitchen. We talk about pollution that comes out of exhaust pipes and how getting fueled on veggie oil waste creates a lot less of that stuff we don’t like. We talk about asthma and illness. We talk about strong bones and calcium rich broccoli leaves. We talk about a lot of real stuff.

And this is the kind of stuff that makes all those miles worth the trip.

March 7th, at Unplug LA in Santa Monica, we rolled up seed bombs with the kids before the doors opened and invited them to find empty spaces in their neighborhoods to plant them. It was fun. They were stoked! We were stoked! And pretty soon those seeds in little, clay, ball chambers will be stoked when they find some ground and water! After that we created nick-names for ourselves and joined the Unplug LA group, packed away our cell phones and computers and learned how to play again without the digital leash that has come to make itself so unavoidable in our lives. We did arts and crafts with total strangers, became friends, sang songs, got barefooted, danced and not once did anyone there step away to check there text messages, voicemails or emails. The mission of the night was to unplug so that we all could just be, and just be we did.Emily June Resize

SoCal Spring Tour Begins!

Anybody wondering what we have been up to in these months of radio dark? Exactly what you want us to be doing: we have been planning a powerful 2015, with tours through southern California in the spring, and northern California in the fall! In the summer we’ll be doing events in San Diego, Denver, and San Francisco.

In California, spring is already here, which means that we are on tour again! Yep, it is crazy, but while my home state of Iowa is getting 8 inches in a blizzard,  I am planting stevia, spinach, and tomatoes in CA, and watching as ornamental pear trees explode in their stinky blossoms.

Yesterday, we started the tour with a stop at Foothills College, in Los Altos, and today we are teaching at in Paso Robles.

Our tour will take us through Ventura, LA, and San Diego, and we will be especially focusing on connecting schools with ongoing sustainability programs, and working with them to create learning gardens for their students.

Stay up to date with us through our Facebook and Instagram accounts! In the meantime, I will try to get better at blogging.

 

Onward,

Justin

Look Ma, we’re famous!

Compass Green is now on the Disney Channel! At the end of the Spring Tour, I spent several days being filmed for Disney’s series Pass The Plate. On Monday, when we were teaching in eastern OR, I was curious why all these students kept coming up and asking for my autograph. Now I know why, the Disney spot has gone to air! Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk0WxOBwFrs

Although it just went live, lots of family and friends have been congratulating me on it, to which I am very grateful, and feel immeasurably stoked! It’s worth mentioning, that this is super exciting not because more strangers are recognizing my face, but because kids who are in front of their television all over the country are getting shown an image of the adventures that can be had out in the sunshine, working with edible plants.

I am so excited that so many people will be learning about sustainability, and I will continue my project so that more people can learn the skills and reasons for growing a greater percentage of their diet, no matter what their living situation is, even if it’s just a hammock in the back of a big truck. IMG_20140531_175941926 (640x360) IMG_20140530_100219554 (360x640) IMG_20140530_100227399 (640x360)

Halfway in, 3,000 reached!

We are halfway through the Fall Tour and we have taught over 3,000 students. It has been busy, tiring, but so very rewarding. We’ve taught mostly elementary schools, but have also taught at middle schools (my old one in fact) and a Seattle high school.

The old spirit of adventure has lead us to make numerous new friends here, sleep on boats, hike mountains and be even more committed to help this green state get greener.

It’s tricky sometimes to get on here and upload our thoughts, but it’s easier to do so on our Facebook page, which we recommend you check out.

Onward and upward, and I sure hope you voted!