My name is David Stevens. I am a registered nurse working toward my bachelors of science in nursing.
I will be focusing on the environment this term. I have been concerned about this issue for most of my life, and being a father has only served to re-emphasize the importance of preserving our life-supporting planet.
This summer I will volunteer at my daughters’ day camp, the Outdoor Learning Garden Summer Institute at Atkinson Elementary. Here the kids are given opportunities and exposure to organic gardening, natural world exploration/education, and resource conservation, among many other things. I will be spending time there supporting the facilitators in whatever way they need. http://olgsi.blogspot.com/
The gentleman in the attached photo is John Jeavons, a master of small scale and backyard agriculture. I’ve had the opportunity to attend a few of his workshops and employ several of his techniques in my own gardening. He has devoted his life to sustainable food production and is a living hero.
I have several hopes for my volunteering and my topic exploration. Most importantly, I hope NOT to be overwhelmed as I re-examine the status of the global environment. Historically, this problem has had the ability to force me into a fetal position, which is not a terribly effective place to come from. Working at the girls’ camp will, I hope, give me positive ways to educate kids while simultaneously empowering them to take action. At the same time, I hope to learn more ways that I can REALISTICALLY take action in my own life.