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3- Reports from Andrews University and Fresno Adventist Academy

David Obermiller Arthur Mulyono


  • November 13, 2014
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where I can get started here again pretty soon quickly whose time is flying last with a way to prayer and then I'll introduce Al speaketh loving father and human thank you that you blessed us in the time who'd been here and thank you space you for the Fellowship and just meeting with people who are down to earth and them and that are excited about to a plan and excited that you plan for eternity and father we pray that you will bless the presentations this afternoon and pray that you will strengthen every program that is associated with a school or institution to be to become everything that you plan for it to be in and for the light to shine in the communities and for people to be drawn to your perfect plan in your plan for eternity thank you Jesus name amen okay SP canal is I'm trying to read your last name author sorry Molly on us he's from Andrews University and they have a really exciting program going man with their organic cotton and so I will listen bottom-up to share with us thank you afternoon I was I thermal you know I'm not a single evidence at Anders and I brought with me Stephen Eric who recorded who coordinated the mobile far market in the season it's something you and he'll be explaining that a little bit more like twelve minutes or so I thought of a few minutes so I thought I personally don't like to present because I another procedure used he speaks in front I shouldn't like a student who speaks for me and but it's it's good experience for me to have three will talk to anybody so get started so the history at Andrews University in nineteen oh nineteen oh nineteen oh one note precollege move-in via train boxcars to the two hundred thirty two acre garden farm near bearing spring stretches for eighteen thousand dollars to give students a more hands-on education and allow them to grow some of the food that they consume at Garland Farm consisted of orchards fashionable as well for gardens the faculty and staff work alongside of students in the gardens and orchards the campus cafeteria preserve the produce for meals during the school year I have some pictures I miss here is the raspberries as you can tell the guy in the raspberry plants are taught in the guy is another picture of raspberries I think the archive it says between nineteen oh one to nineteen eighty so now and I'm only showing like ten pictures there's about like another file that I have of pictures but will have time for that years of potatoes the harvesting potatoes and it seems like there's students and faculty working together this year is box our book crates of tomatoes out they would sent to Chicago your cut flowers made your bags these this is a picture of the garden orchard that by nineteen thirties few of the campus another view of the campus and as you can tell it's strictly agriculture there's lots of green houses of right this writer that's the history of what happened today very good from about from the nineteen seventies bigger from two hundred fifty two ago to fifty to twelve hundred cows farm about seven hundred fifty acres of corn the University has a vineyard has eighty six acres of Concorde and Niagara grapes we sell the grapes to welsh us and the agriculture student scholarship symbionts the vineyard and all the other prophets goes to student scholarships so any specifically in agriculture so the students who would work at the gardens would receive financial assistance and by working there programs and degrees offered it adds you can get in agriculture agribusiness animal science horticulture international accurate agriculture development lets you design and preliminary this is our list of faculty by four Justices landscape Jerry Harris is earned on your professor he came from they start Academy a Catholic adult is still animal science Dell Bernie and Clive Owen is in term chair so the suing garden so that the city Gardens consists of it the about thirty acres twenty five acres it's transitional certified of the five acres that is not being does not transition transitioning is the the apples and peaches we have seven acres of vegetable gardens four thousand trees a high density orchard and four acres fifteen hundred trees each orchard twenty five hundred feet of raspberries fifteen hundred feet of blackberries into heated greenhouse in two cold frames so the goals of the state regards to train students in sustainable hands-on agriculture practiced to provide physical and spiritual needs for a growing world of the established committee relationships by providing fresh produce and enabling a healthy myself operate a sustainable agriculture and industry teaching teaching business management and marketing skills the current status is that we're certified transitional District claim to be organic until I guess that the term organic is owned by the USDA and so as of two thousand fifteen will be considered certified organic we have one of our fields as it used to be conventionally grown and now it's a hassle eat three years in order for to get certified status is a list of mesh of vegetables that we go that we go about a hundred varieties of vegetables fruit belly growing apples blackberry scallop melons peaches raspberries so student employment we have twenty students during the summer they would work about forty five hours per week and and during the school year they can work up to twenty to twenty five hours per week half of the students are nine agricultural around the work-study program we have a work study program with a school on in Russia calls on escape so these are the students they would work big they were due to yours and Sachs gate I and and they were transferred here and finish up the degree so they would work their required work fifty hours and twenty hours as a study program and I guess the theory is that by the time that they're done with with the schooling that they won't have any depth at all the internship programs so it ventures that we have interested programs where students whose working horticulture or not or setting horticulture night or culture they would be much would learn in class but the guards were given the opportunity to actually apply what what they're letting me able to see it at the gardens the suing gardens also edits it's run by mostly students it's I'm pre- much of the old me I guess staff I'm also considers student because of so pursuing so and school that make sense so the markets that we felt to have a CSA arteries what are agriculture farmers market we have a mobile far market wholesale to cafeteria a former school and we also have a farm stand we have eighteen week CSA three types of shares we have ranges between three fifty to six hundred dollars and they can add fruits and flowers this season we had fifty four shares eighteen have shares twenty soldiers and thirteen flower add-ons and thirty eight food add-ons we had we survey our members in the middle and middle of the season at the end only been doing it for three seasons and it's good to see benchmarks of how we were doing at that time and to get feedback so that we can make improvements for the following off-season the CSA members are required to pay upfront so it's like there's there's far boxes out there where did they pay him a I guess orbiters are on a weekly basis we require our members pay the full price and sometimes I can be costly and we do I guess all one other unique thing that we do is that we deliver the baskets to their homes within a twenty mile radius this is the picture on your left is the medium shares a patient right is the full share each week we have a weekly newsletter that we send out it's all on our website you got a garden .com Garth Woodruff was a director of the gardens are you would write an article and we would close that any goes out to buy like two hundred people in the community it also has recipes and also how to prepare the veggies so we would pick an unusual crops the one week would be like call Ronnie and we would be recipe and how to prepare that most people in the community don't know like the specialty crops so it's good that where introducing to them that cropping and how to repair it internal outreach meeting how are we reaching to the students in at his university we provide co- curricular activities to learn about sustainable agriculture health and gardening sewing it's what the Gardens offers ten hours and out of that ten hours we do two hours of of where we sit down we give them a lecture in an hour of tour around around the gardens the gardens but forgot to say this has its own it's right up to account it spread out to the community there is we are filtered labeled as neighbor to neighbor which is about eleven acres and another acreage is and we call it Shawnee which is four miles away and we also have Berman which is on campus and then we also have our greenhouses and our peaches so it if you look at if you look the same purposes the University and the middle was Andrews were spread out everywhere so like we depend on our vehicles to get from one place and that is totally inefficient to go from one place the other place the external outreach education program that we have one example that we did his Pathfinder day this year was the Oshkosh year where we had where every five years the would have the Pathfinder temporary and there would be like there is about seven hundred students who seven hundred outsiders who came to Andrews before so they would stop by and then we saw an otter classic talk about for all the flour honor also we had some launchers and came by and wanted to know a little about more about agriculture so we had them harvests some of what the pallet of apples so that they can get them experience the way we outreach to the community is the mobile phone market which soon will talk about we do community gardens donation to food pantries committee support sponsored events health promotion and athletic days the challenges that I see Ms. is student scheduling employment restriction employment student training and Adventist community mentality and with within Andrews is that we have it's a diverse community and that there would be people from the committee who just stop by and think that they can just pick whatever they want and then go back and then the old click on it this is goat prebudget which is good to the farm without asking anybody and just taken and or they would just bargain with the price which the press was already as low as possible select for example were selling a half a bushel of Gala apples rate the market prices sixteen dollars and were selling it for eleven dollars there would bargain with us forgive us asking for that it's either asking for like five dollars a half bushel amid so we get that a lot and in Andrews University or in that community fell and most of them are Adventists and also the workload some responsibilities currently I argue the am offered the day-to-day operation so the because I guess the University has really strict restrictions on who they can higher and if we were to get an employee to work full-time deal could only work for six months so that was one of the challenges that we had Stephen rightly fêted him yes it is summer I had the privilege of working with the mobile farmers market is really excited about that size women tell you little bit really quickly him to start off it was on it all began last December when Arthur got a letter in the mail from the health department inviting him to apply for a grant from the state of Michigan for some some effort to make food more accessible in Berrien County so he applied for it as part of this 4 x 4 plan Michigan right now it's really trying to reduce obesity ranks thirty fourth in the country and overall health of with one of the highest obesity rates in the nation something like thirty one percent of adults and seventeen percent of youth qualify as obese and burying County 's sixty first out of eighty two counties in the state so where were under the about end of that and so they are promoting this for healthy behaviors of maintaining a healthy diet engaging in regular exercise getting an annual physical and avoiding all tobacco use and so the mobile market was one way of sort of a promoting especially a healthy diet and in another way the regular exercise once it was a part of a partnership with be healthy Berrien which is a coalition of about six or seven community groups that I really enjoy that I should be getting to work with people from the United Way and from on the health department from the local hospital system on a number of other groups and then there were seven locations other we had to take and so we did that by looking at census data from the USDA and identifying these VCs dream mighty heart Shiva green and orange regions they are food deserts of which means that they have low incomes of fresh produce and grow low income and low access to fresh produce the way the way that is qualified is basically by distance so so low income and then low access in urban areas the green areas mean the majority of houses in these areas are at least a mile from a grocery store in urban areas or ten miles in rural areas and so based on that we found him he identified seven locations within that area and then basically we we had this business model so the idea is to make make it as convenient as low-cost and as accessible as possible and so we we would drive a van into these neighborhoods of these different locations and we would promoted as a people and no one were coming from the same time every week and then we would sell or produce and because of our partnership with the state with the health department were able to accept bridge card which is the equivalent of food stamps and we kept our prices as low as possible like Arthur was saying and we also had health cooking demonstrations understand while we were there we used a remodeled FedEx step when we took it we added an air conditioner and put decals on it and installation we had to obtain permits we had to hire interns we got to concerns from the local community and then another student worker and and then promotion so some of it you thanked there we saw at the end of the other end of the summer we took a survey from our customers and users some of the things they said they were appreciated to have the fruit and vegetable at a nearby location and to have the chance to get some healthy food and they really again appreciated I that we accepted bridge card and had low prices we got the news a few times there was an article about us and have in this world that Mister view on the net also the local newspaper Herald Palladium and actually just as last week on a Monday just this last Monday was an ABC fifty seven local TV station data a short little piece on the more we been doing one of the things that really was most gratifying to me and exciting to me was working with the two interns from the community they were not Adventists and they didn't have a lot of exposure to it in fact been harbor is a relatively low income area and that the there there are a lot of kind of rough living situations here Lot of drug use and things like that and so we were able to connect with these these two guys and bring the men and they these are just a couple quotes from from them one one of them just really appreciated how he was able to relay the mobile market to the community and I worked together on that and then the other guy he said that that helps health and with his people skills and enabled him to talk to people even though he didn't know really what was going on with them come Sunday I really appreciate it was just a chance to kind of impact then with health also because you at the beginning we would have to have ever every lunch break that we had to know that the asking for Pizza Hut or something like that and I'm Brian and there were a lot more just and subway and in us most of the moving forward maybe have some opportunities for jobs if any rounders looking my position as coordinator is up for grabs were looking for someone for January at least to start him and released had this program out for next season and we've also been working again with the county and we gotten another grant for forty three thousand and along with that grants we've gotten some support from Ben Harper which is that the local area that's that's a relatively rough rust on some ways and will be doing actually a modified CSA program within that that I'm really pretty excited about so thank you very much Arthur can finish us off his reverse our social media through some students find the right is one of our interns I went for the ball of our market I'm a green houses some of our crops inside of her greenhouse tomatoes students were building that one of a cold frame that said teachers have any questions I ate it is solely optional for students but we do recommend that if their setting horticulture to to work at the path of him at the gardens throughout the year and I am I guess what I'm working at on this winter is to have an intuition program where they can plan out for the following season and for them to execute it themselves so that by the time that they're done I'm hoping that they're able to run the farm by themselves elsewhere so I guess I really work with their schedule so by the time that there is very able to work I work with them so I can get so good because I know more because I'm more of a full-time worker but in the summertime they have more of a free time so I would pretty much and very flexible so if there is they say hey I have a schedule between four p.m. to eight p.m. I work with between four and eight so that it is living it can be intense I summer work I work a lot and ending school year silver God felt my free time is really minimal Sabbath and the rest of it having arrests wishing to deliver more but it is the situation that were given an attendance yellow work with the situation that you have so that at this point no we don't well actually this this winter were growing things or not marketing it resists see how it helped how it will be because we had sweet we bought we got in the grant from that RCS develop a cold frame so we are just finishing so where we're can be going some plants and then see how it will turn out with the winter that we have we have lots of snow and Michigan is considered one of the states that has most overcast select with LA books would be as beneficial to us because in Maine there is more son so there is a disadvantage of growing emissions you why do we have cows that's a good question I don't work I mean I met is strictly born the gardens so whether thing is what it it's the department you know with the department you have entities I been so I personally the thing is would it make sense at this point to close it down I mean with enrollment decreasing entities like the dairy brink brings in revenue so brings in money which if they were to close that down or they would to sell it I don't think it would solve it will it would solve the problem because that's that's the way I look at it I know I'm why more towards young on Jim O ill more organic more sustainable way of growing fruits and vegetables but with the cows while you again it's not in my control I mean if if I was thereby caliphs closes that but you know then there is strategic of why things happen and sometimes it could be well the thing is like the reason why there is a Gardens is because of the farm in the dairy for example when you look at income was the main least we we like operating income and they are operating what we put out what we are expenses distance hundred and thirty thousand and to say our revenue would only bring in seventy thousand soldiers that seventy thousand her job that the form does cover the daily discover so at this time it's not it it brought in about four thousand dollars in an revenue and it the operating expense was about with flavor and some equipment arson packaging that surrounded to about twelve thousand so but the goal with the grant is that over time it will be it can be a stand-alone so you get you a most students because her sitting order horticulture agriculture we just tell them okay really did this and this none and this is okay go get it done on seventy websites Thursday sixty most of them are prevent once certain done they usually go to the canary in school and the depth at stuff I guess the percentages eighty ninety percent do continue on so well this the twenty the twenty is the gardens the Derry does employ a whole lot more students they work before seven and operations a twenty four seven operation so there are students who are working at the dairy and is also the form component which a compass and the also to the individual the student if they want to be involved in that also if they are interested in internships elsewhere that also given to them really happy to see what's happening Mirren presented what you guys are doing gone sustainment and Ronson and keep it going we have David Ivanoff if from my phrase nine minutes Academy and I've taken a bold step in starting an agricultural program investing a lot of money to make it a program it for their students and Davidson share with us about that okay so try to go through this really fast and I was really sort of reasonably good on here I wanted to get to this as quickly as I could and answers many questions as possible right in so as Darren mentioned most of the title slider while I titled this the end of education I mean that in the sense that we live in the end of time and there's a goal for education and that's what you mean by a title there so as their initial work for Fresno address Academy and we named our farm harvest fields we are certified organic farm with Nazis you left out which is California certified organic farmers to brief overview of our farm in the school Fresno is a K-12 day school and is a forty acre campus the farm is using about twelve of those acres on the campus or on the farm there we put up to high tunnels Al Mitchell forgive me some of the pictures here in this an internal regular lighting there didn't can use it okay to return off a few more lights yet there's meeting at the lights there shows up really well on the computer I apologize mother great on screen is in the pictures are not that great in here because we worked like slaves to get her last title put together before I left so they could keep seeding in July while I was gone as we get you high tunnels is a picture of those joy tunnels in addition here are now these are just to see this guy on the brief a local nursery went out of business we purchase these from them fairly cheaply and then worked to put them together double layer of poly inflated we closed in the animals here's a cooler also put in the back of this tunnel for tables propagation table closer to trigger we may be thought of galvanized pipe and redwood we are water treated the irrigation equipment was donated to us by medicine USA under the condition of your take some pictures and they would do a story on us later really appreciate their contribution to other on a timer and it is water water 's overhead without going into details there about how we propagate or seedlings and stuff the second high tunnel which we just finished a dimension is entirely growing beds and that is for functionality which is a center walkway some titles are laid out with multiple walkways and rose their parallel to the structure itself but because the perpendicular methods can easy access all the way down the tunnel I pray for Poland on the hose and everything like that weaker about twelve acres unit four acres outside will have a total of eight acres of field crops were all said and done as an sweet potatoes strawberries and forgive me with a lighting year I did this in twilight we finished up I told about five thirty and the flash on the camera makes a Republican a goofy but underneath plastic molds probably molts drifting down the middle with all this stuff year some artichokes we put in and in addition here we have forty chickens were running art free range chickens through four acres of navel oranges with ultraportable chicken coops and the goal was to have our fine feathered little friends do some fertility for us as a organic nitrogen is pretty hard to come by unless you use manure some sort of his couple other options on the market tube it also wanted to sell liaison with them debug control and the only real population of black widows and cartridges so chickens love them anyhow I discovered common on this record your animals are wonderful I know a lot of what I'm a vegan I don't eat chicken eggs in a weird I love animals and if you notice in the Scripture when God sent Moses in the desert to straighten out his brain it would initiate animals and a powerful impact upon people as water research coming out of stockings and a lunch about the therapy that there are doing with use and horses I think it's a really bad mistake to isolate animals from agriculture because Adventists tend to be vegetarian or vegan a throw that out for your contemplation or ounce left at around the farm July tunnels total twelve acres eight of that's in field crops and forgot solicitors their positives or the farm karate salmon the pitcher going from left to right the guy sitting on a tractor join me first which by the way had been there since January and a guy on the tractor and join me in February of the girl sitting on the front waits there join us in September and then the other guy on the wheel and join me in October he's the only one that has any experience of the other two one of the dilemmas were talking about this alleged to one of the dilemmas that address face in regard agriculture is there aren't any farmers and I still stand corrected there aren't many farmers and when I wanted to get help I had a couple of options to find somebody that knew a little bit about farming they do their work in maybe there were maybe then you're not a word maybe they didn't maybe had preconceived ideas of what farming should be and you have how many unknown challenges that face so I opted for two people which all three of these young people of chemist was my one prerequisite or higher anybody is not gymnast farm life is way too tough and is my personal philosophy moment expecting everybody to do this but only said the canvassing is the best preparation for everyone to ministry in any young person you can make it through ten weeks of knocking on doors can make it on a farm and I I stand fully behind that these guys that have been right there the whole way through the know-how to work and they don't know a thing about farming the two middle ones donating about farming but their spiritual or evangelistic reminded and I know how to work and it's a lot of stress on me because I don't know anything else everything 's on me to teach them how to do it explain it carefully enough don't assume that they know anything has been one of the blessings of hiring them is that they're just open books but it's been a will that stressful to be honest to know that your noggin to get things done as fast because they simply don't know but they both want to be farmers I shall three of them want to be farmers and I was an investment that I was willing to make Adventists need more young educated experienced farmers and the only way at this point our church 's history the only way to get that is the divan near the divan and make it happen and make investment in our young people in Omaha maybe sure enough arms that I would challenge you to make that investment in our young people every day somebody's asking for farm directorates and they sitting at lunch this afternoon asking if there was anybody who could manage a farm on the campus and the questions will wear that and we have an obligation I think to educate people young Adventist people to be farmers so it possesses a brief overview the farm itself on our farms objectives and give five objectives through the farm number one is to grow high-quality produce it strictly a farm objective I'm particularly interested in nutrition anybody he's done the research on nutrition and crops in US or other Western countries is aware of the fact the nutritional values of produced have plummeted over the course of last fifty years of course in relation to our modern agricultural practices on a wide variety of causes for that but food is today not as nutritious as it was and that's why easier the older generations say that food doesn't taste like it used to because there's a direct relationship between food nutrition and food flavor it's the different string sea salt and table salt anybody had seasonal table salt side-by-side ninety eight percent sodium chloride to see salt ninety nine nine percent table salt is sodium chloride the difference between the Jews two percent minerals of a very wide variety and thus the flavor difference between the two types of salt as well similar do a quality approached first come other farms may have a production oriented model a quantity oriented model we want to grow quality program we need quality young people in our church and everything about Adventism should be quality first in my opinion don't get back to you does the magic number two for the schools very important to develop a hands-on learning environment young people need to know how to work in the schools than willing to make a commitment is one of the big motivators in part of the school board to start a farm is to to reach in the work ethic in our young people and everybody that I talk to the community about the local community is as behind the concept of this is our freshman class Fresno address Academy there are also our first gardening students and they've gotten outside and gotten dirty already in this the first of phone program that will continue to do year after year there number three is the integration of farming into the school 's curricula this includes two concepts number one is actually teaching farming on the campus of the part of the class the previous picture the medicine these kids are actually taking a farming class or garden class we call him but there's more than that and that's the integration of practical real-world skills into every topic of your academic curricula that most people who work on a farm realize the value of the education they could received in high school much more keenly then perhaps people who have more of other occupations pecan farm without knowing that you can form without understanding whether you can't farm without understanding some basic chemistry or dirt is very mechanically oriented he does his own welding in all of those skills bring learning into sharper focus I really resonate with his having gone to public school myself there was no outlet there was no light at the end of the tunnel for what you were learning in school and I was totally disinterested and the statistics that were shared this morning in the chapel session were very interesting is mostly boys struggle academically was social behavioral issues that's because guys are more tactile guys don't want to sit in the classroom doesn't want to sit there and listen somebody lecture day and day out boys particularly need to be hands-on and need to be doing something they need to be active and dumb boys I think particularly struggle with the value of classroom learning when it doesn't have a perceived purpose and a little bitter resignation or without so when I talk about curricula it is not is not offering the farming class this is about schoolwide intentional at integration of real-world learning with your radical classroom learning number fours to yes opportunities and to bring spiritual lessons to the front minister some statistics out of Angers University at what they are saying is that fifty percent of our young people leave the church after they graduate from high school and in this study I believe was done is through our denominational schools but for those of you that are familiar with homeschooling and independent ministries I see a lot of homeschooled kids and a lot of kids from self-supporting schools why that just as messed up as anybody else everything in we are facing a fundamental problem church why on that the loss the attrition of use from the Adventist church more staggering statistic is in the fifty percent that remained only half of those are active church members say this differently our success rate with young people is twenty five percent not that I'm that doesn't capture truly the idea the region the statement from councils on education if there'd been manufacturing agricultural and manufacturing establishments in connection with her schools competent teachers employed to educate the use of different races study and labor devoting a portion of the state of mental improvement portion of the date of physical labor there would be now a more elevated class of used to come upon the stage of action to have an influence in molding society the use of a graduate of such institutions would many of them come forth the stability of character it's exactly what's missing in that statistic right there they come for the stability of character that a perseverance fortitude courage to surmount obstacles principles it would not be swerved by wrong influenced however popular the idea of a strictly academic education is is fateful to the preservation of the soul in your scene that denomination wide and the loss of our young people post graduation initiative inexperienced teachers to give lessons young lady she goes on misogynistic this was a good thunder that last one is to reach out to our community and we want to change the reputation without a family community farming is a perfect way to resolve the community and I think a whole lot more to be said about that but down I want to share this I sat down and I talked to the principal before I left on Monday Tuesday was Labor Day in this statement comes from heaven and the school board not for myself and he wanted me to reiterate it's mine my feeling is the same the Fresno Adventist Academy is making a long-term commitment to the integration of agriculture and the overall program of the school a commitment to work out an agricultural educational model that is financially successful but also academically and spiritually beneficial to the students and connects the school to local non- Adventist community at this point anonymous history that will not be accomplished in the year at the Adventist farmers of older years ago and everybody like Darren myself Arthur sitting there for all of you learned the hard way there is no model anywhere in Adventism where I can go and I can say what you doing and how to do it how to get your yard is not there doesn't exist so for all of us sitting here and it's if we die then I figure out how to make it happen enough talk to happen this year like I have the next year in the school realizes that NASA were all in principle school board the conference office role in embryo work it out until this works out so understand their gives about two minutes of questions you'll forgive me might make kids shared something with me you know any of and willing to be pretty vulnerable more to talk about whatever you want to know about without finances were integrating the student labor and a lot of issues regarding being a conference school regarding wages in the etc. etc. as so as to open everyone talk about them willing to be pretty vulnerable and answer whatever I can fair question everything we inherited a a school that in this good no farming infrastructure no tractors though cultivated ground they did have the citrus on the campus that the neglected no-no farmer was there to care for there was nothing to start with starting from scratch and doing everything was way more than I thought part of the farmland was inherited former sports fields and they are collateral damage to farm and from the mass quantities of Bermuda grass which are not farm friendly grasp dealing with conference weight scales being a conference school on the conference employee in the nonemployee of Fresno address Academy an employee in the central California conference I was mandated to pay according to conference wage scales which are higher than state minimum wage levels I can't work the state regulated overtime hours of ten hours a day and sixty hours a week for farmworkers I must day forty hours and eight hours a day respectively the good thing is that the conferences than willing to work through those things and there's lots of things there worked throughout the day you go back to the pitchers will notice all the sea on those kids are all retirement and all medical benefits of a very Cadillac program the church is very robust medical insurance program and my medical costs monthly are something close to four grand so for four people medical insurance if so we're going to do this is a part unanimous vote conference school board form group is over to a separate form from the school inform world 501(c)(3) take about six months to do it will be entirely separated from the conference we can basically do whatever we want we can shop around for a medical insurance I can comply with the state laws on overtime and I don't have to pay retirement etc. why would you pay a twenty -year-old retirement in a given ten bucks an hour when state levels line especially when they don't know anything I would still be owned by the school or the conference but there would be a legal separation between the two that handle the one soon you want to give my presentation originally back in November last year as a new upfront what it would cost in and we built the form of a scale that would justify the inclusion of a student labor you get a school with two hundred kids at two hundred twenty in order to get kids involved because he got half-acre garden and so the format to be large enough to justify the inclusion of student labor on the campus so what that meant was a farmer garden and they knew up front that it was going to take a significant financial interest in investments of two to get this thing off the ground and then they been willing to do that in such a private donors the tractor we were sitting on was donated by a church member Brandon John Deere other people donated their time some of donating their money the school is as wiggled its own budget and is floated most of our expenses my expenses are about fourteen thousand dollars a month right now I need to do about hundred and forty CSA boxes a week that the cover our wages now big part of that is his retirement and medical so but you know again go back to this year if you're not integrating your students waiting for no purpose so don't it's not going to get the students involved don't we not done the research yet in regard to what type of insurance you have the most interesting option and other questions to in the back to me personally I was the former director of souls last and I was reading about education and you can't read anything on education without bumping in the statements about agriculture and I said to my wife I don't know anything about farming this is a problem and I don't go into farming alert forms unless denominational work at work the church for ten years and I left denominational work is done for years on organic farm and then the store opened up back in January speaking of souls less graduation and one of the graduates of Fresno Adventist Academy attended souls her dad was there we had a conversation in the new evolved from there so you have a question or two right now what we did is in the farm is not stable enough recent essay this lovingly the dangers of not teaching people don't know anything and maybe do more harm than good soon the reason why we hired for employees is that we can have enough of a student to staff ratio that we could mentor the students on the farm it was just me I couldn't handle them in a religious run all over you would my stuff up and so we went with four employees of my core group from here for a little beastie labor we spent the last line was just building infrastructure training of the form stabilized and over the next couple years will gradually include the students into the farm program wasn't stable enough to include them know that answer question you are still working through then visit for the promise with where we are as a church is that nobody knows how to do this also the legal issues one of those issues is a working memory teaching them and so we've taken the teaching first approach which means if the developer curricula in whichever curricula the students on the farm is actually part of their learning experience are not working the unfortunate mistake California they're little more friendly reforms on school campuses but you will develop the curriculum that justifies the hands-on learning that goes with the curriculum that are not working in the nude free from the collateral issues of students working will be good in the meantime as we created more like landscaping projects it was still get the students involved outside and we started with the freshman class are the only class it's involved in hands-on and academically or hands-on will continue to do that on a yearly basis that's another big subject because each teacher of each department has to be bought in and in the whole learning curve for everybody that there are no teachers it really know how to integrate practical life situations in the classroom environment but in all I have to work with those teachers aware that the math teacher signs did you think what you're teaching this in chemistry reteaching this biology or you doing this for botany than I can set you up for this experiment or it you want to do something with math I can teach exactly the volume of water in a pipes he can flush your irrigation system integrator for negation or whatever intergovernmental working closely with the teachers because basically none of us know anything and what were doing this is way above our heads and in my love God said he's called us to do this but from a human perspective this is just gorgeous diamond and so the questions are all finished with her here for farming zero studied theology zero I studied Greek you'll basically we've got to learn all the hard way there's just one end and they asked me this visible you have a degree in agriculture is that what you tell me what school I go to North America would prepare me to do what you want me to do all go there and they shook his head and said okay because there is no school in North America where you can go to teach us to do with this meeting on school campus that's our unfortunate reality is every story with your regions quote three years ago Fresno address Academy was a fraction evidence from being closed the story is not unlike many other Adventist schools that then shutdown consolidated in that hunt during a conference school nonconference school outrigger public-school every school struggling for money and promenade in the schools is that it's more expensive and people stopped attending the schools are going bye-bye and you can see all over the country in Fresno address Academy was right there and I think there was a change in the school board a realization that we don't do something there will be nothing here and so this is all providence only the Holy Spirit can do this the honest people who are willing to sit down and look at the books say what we does not work and we need to do announces the Duberstein and so they chose to do that they hired a new principal and that this guys is is the right man for the job right now in that context of Adventist schools closing the region this quote the usefulness learned on the school farm is a very education is most essential for those go out as missionaries to many foreign fields in this training is given with the glory of God in view great results will be seen why we had that results in education no work will be more effectual than that done by those to having obtained an education and practical life go forth to mission fields with the message of truth prepared to instruct as they have been instructed to say something before read the last line we are nested logical people we believe in prophecy we believe I personally believe the society around us is falling apart and you can see it at a ridiculous rate the is a conditional prophecy and I don't care what happens in the world around us in less than is the film we will not go anywhere for very long time and she starts to realize it and finish the first paragraph want to slide the knowledge they've obtained in tilling the soil interacting buildings other lines of manual work in which they carry with them to their fuel the labor will make him a blessing even Cuba was now interject a comment image the second the word before before we can carry the message of present truth in all its fullness to other countries we must first break every yoke we must come into the wine of true education walking in the wisdom of God and not in the wisdom of the world and leave you with that God calls you to be a reformer is not about finances is not about farming this is my education it's about the prosthetic mission of our church and she says before we can carry that message to all the world and you know what doesn't come if the messages and carry to the world if this isn't accomplished will be here long time and I challenge you to be a reformer God 's calling for reformers and that we get our school are making a commitment despite all the pains we will go through along the way of failure is not an option farming failure educational God 's educational success is inevitable as the backside of that prophecy it must be done before he comes it will be done for you Johnson and Johnson says he will do my invitation will participate in nuclear a media was brought by audio person a website dedicated to spreading God 's word through reading seven audio and much more I would like to know more about our universe will you like the more certain and www. on universal .org


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