Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Off on a big adventure

Well, April 14, 2010 that young lady headed off on a great adventure. Across the country (3 days) in the train to her new life as an intern at Blackberry Meadows Farm outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

I dropped her off at the Emeryville Amtrak station with a couple of suitcases, her gardening hat, her Felco clippers and her bike in a box.

As all parents know, it is more than just a long trip and time away from home; it is a fundamental change. This part of life with both the kids at home has been wonderful.

Two weeks later: she had a great trip and loves life on the farm. We still miss her like crazy here in Santa Cruz!

Friday, April 9, 2010

The College Thing

Kitty is already involved in a big way in sustainable agriculture, food systems, and food justice. She applied to just four schools: UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC Berkeley and U Vermont.

Got into all four and even was awarded the highest level of scholarship at Berkeley. So, where to go?

We visited UC Berkeley and she found it much more interesting than she anticipated.

We visited UC Davis with Steve and Imani Latif (Imani is also trying to decide about schools).

She talked to the student farm people

As always, she ran into someone she knows, also a food systems person.

We were all impressed with the bikeability of the Davis campus and the city (and by the huge numbers of bikes everywhere)

She asked the Big Head for advice.

Still undecided...

UPDATE May 1, 2010: The Big Head apparently recommended Davis! The gal decided that's the place for her.