Six students from Stone Ridge attended a Network Service Project on "How Organic School Farms & Gardens Can Help Feed the Planet" at the Sacred Heart School in Atherton, CA. The students immersed themselves into a commercial/community agriculture curriculum for one week, doing everything from planting seeds to tending animals.
The students also delivered food to the campus farm and garden markets, the school summer camps, the cafeteria for the RSCJ Oakwood Community, and a local chapter of the community justice organization called Food Not Bombs.
In addition to developing outdoor agricultural skills, the students had extensive discussions on how to solve the practical and ethical dilemmas involved in feeding nine billion people by 2050 and eleven billion people by 2100.
The girls prepared most of their meals together using ingredients raised and grown on the Atherton campus. The network program concentrated directly on the Sacred Heart injunction to teach respect for creation and prepare students to be stewards of the earth's resources.
The Stone Ridge girls had a wonderful experience and really bonded together as classmates. One of the highlights of their trip was going to the on campus Oakwood Retirement Center, where they met the residents and specifically two SR Alumnae!
Back row from left to right: Jillian Perry '19, Grace Murphy '19, Meghan O'Brien '19, Olivia Cumminsky '18. Second row: Sister Marie-Louise Wolfington (SR Alumnae), Melanie Pane '19, Sister Claire Pratt (SR Alumnae and former Mother Superior of RSCJs). Front: Abby Romano '19