The last year has been interesting for Enlighten Education Co-op.

We are in our second year of developing our mission vision and networking with other individuals and organizations with whom we have commonality.

A recurring theme in our discussions is the need to be involved in the revolution taking place in agriculture. A central interest of EEC is the health and wellbeing of children. This begins with a healthy environment and all that implies, including healthy food. More people are aware that tilling the soil and use of chemicals have created a crisis, not only in the quality of our food, but the survival of our soils.

Adverse climate conditions and depleted air quality are related to greenhouse gases due to deforestation and energy use. To reverse these trends we need to pay more attention to our soils and the greenery they support. New technology that accelerates the natural cycles of carbon recapture into the soils is of great interest to EEC. We intend to teach these technologies to our students and benefit from the outcomes of growing locally, sustainably, and organically where we can. We want to make
“food deserts” a thing of the past by encouraging something like the victory gardens that provided nearly half the vegetable consumed during WWI and WWII.

This would also help solve the crisis in chronic disease. The COVID 19 plague has been very disruptive in
many ways. It set back our proposal to introduce retired teachers back into the school rooms as part time assistants. But it has also underlined the importance of community based and supported after school programs that we are developing in the arena of arts, athletics, and now agriculture.

We continue to pursue our partnership with Healthy Harvest Community Gardens in Lehigh Acres and a new relationship with Earthos of Montana who are developing the technology for accelerating the conversion of biomass into biochar and other soil amendments. I urge you to view two recent documentary videos: Need to Grow that highlights Michael Smith’s innovations and Kiss the Ground which illustrates the renaissance of no till agriculture with an emphasis of building richness into the

Please contact us and join with our effort to develop an enlightened and healthy future for our children .

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