“Coal Country” Comes to Olney Friends School
“I’m deeply implicated,” says John Rockwell. “I’m mindful that whenever we flip a switch in the house, we are burning a lump of coal.” John ’56... more »
In fall 2010, Olney Friends School hosted a Summit shaped around the question, How can regional organizations work together to develop a new green economy in Appalachia? As a former Quaker farm school turned global college preparatory school, we seek innovative, non-tuition-driven models of funding an independent school education.
Some would say the Village of Barnesville, Ohio, with its population of about 4,000, is an ideal size for relocalization. What does that mean? As we continue to consume the world’s natural resources faster than we are replenishing them, for how many decades longer will it be sustainable for families in the US to buy cheap food that is shipped long distances? Many communities worldwide are seeking to reestablish and renew pre-World War II patterns of food consumption and local economics. People are growing food closer to home, without the use of pesticides and herbicides. They are building neighborhood ties in order to rely more fully on those near them for health and flourishing, not just on government or large corporations, who may be more disconnected from the earth.