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A group of college students
from Boston Avenue United Methodist Church
in Tulsa,
have been here this week,
on retreat
and doing mission work
before they return to academia.
They’ve moved the vermicomposting
operation from inside the high tunnel
to a new abode outside.
They’ve dug potato beds
in the high tunnel.
They have built bee hives
and honey frames.
And,
they have been introduced to sustainability practices,
toured the farm,
met the animals,
walked the creek,
watched the stars in the clear, cold winter sky,
made the Cosmic Walk.
We are deeply grateful for their presence—
the work they have done
is exceedingly helpful to us.
And their openness to expanding their awareness
of this awesome living system
that is the universe
and exploring humans’ place
and purpose
in it
is not only a great joy for us,
but hope to hold on to
as we enter 2014.

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