Photo by Graceson Aufderheide ’16
On Friday, October 19, a group of Midland students went with Lise Goddard and Ben Munger ’79 to the local Bioneers conference in San Luis Obispo. Diego Marcogliese ’13, Miles Dakin ’13, Emma Lichtwardt ’13, Talei Cody ’15, Omavi Quadir ’14, Anna Moiseyeva ’13, India Salter ’14, Sunny Pang ’14, Graceson Aufderheide ’16 and I left in the morning to get to the Monday Club by 9 AM, when there would be live screening of the major conference in Marin County. We learned that it was streamed live around the country, and even some places overseas, to conferences like ours. Before our presentation at 1 o’clock, we watched the plenary speakers, and enjoyed the first two presentations especially, by Greg Sarris and Nikki Henderson. Mr. Sarris is from the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria, and is the head of his tribe’s project of building a green casino and promoting eco-friendly agriculture, and Ms. Henderson is the executive director of People’s Grocery, an organization that works to spread healthy eating through Oakland.
Our own presentation was after the screening, across the street from the Monday Club at a Holiday Inn that was partnering with the Monday Club in hosting some of the weekend’s events. Ben and Lise started off our presentation talking about our garden and solar programs, and how we involve both in the lives of every student who passes through Midland 101 and Chemistry, with Miles, Emma, Talei, and Diego onstage to weigh in with their student perspectives. Lise spoke about the history of the school and its philosophy, and how that influences our energy program, and Ben spoke about our food production, and land conservation efforts in collaboration with Santa Barbara. Talei talked about her experience working in the garden, Miles detailed his carbon sequestration project, and Diego gave an overview of the job and prefect system, with Emma adding in about her job as head of horses and freshman prefect. Omavi, Anna, India, Sunny and I were in the audience while Graceson took photos, and we all answered questions at the end, mostly about Midland’s challenges and discomforts versus its draw, and our involvement in day-to-day life. It was a great experience for us.
- By Selena Wrightson '13