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The Kids Are Still Alright 

I want to extend sincere thanks to the Interdisciplinary Environmental Education (IEE) students at Sisters High School for their efforts today at Rainshadow Organics. We have embarked on a yearlong project to refurbish our old potato cellar to once again store food for our community. At Rainshadow we produce a wide variety of vegetables and grains on 127 certified organic acres. That food feeds 65 families who are CSA farm members and provides many items to the Bend hospital, local restaurants and Melvin's Fir Street Market in Sisters. My goal at the farm is to extend our feeding season beyond June through October, into the winter with roots, cabbages, grains and other preserved foods.

Seventy students, five teachers and several volunteers showed up at the farm yesterday with pitchforks in hand. We ran four trucks and two dump trailers non-stop for two hours and this group cleaned out thirty years of accumulated hay. I was so impressed with their hard work, enthusiasm, and teamwork. Anyone who says kids don't know how to work anymore has not met these terrific kids from Sisters. Talk about troopers covered in sweat and hay, dust stuck to mascara, crawling under the trailer, jumping in the trailer to make more room, driving trucks, digging potatoes... totally down and dirty. Its incredible what teamwork can accomplish and what fun these kids made out of an awful job.

Yesterday we took the first step to make way for food! We will be working together this winter to get locally grown, organic food into the Sisters school cafeterias in the future. These kids deserve it and know that food independence is cool! Not to mention that locally produced, organic food is best for the land and its people.

If anyone wants to be a part of this project, please feel free to contact me at

Thanks again I.E.E.!

Sarahlee Lawrence


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