Cedarbrook Children Learn Self-sufficiency

Lessons in self-sufficiency are being taught at Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School in Port Hadlock, Wash. Children there are initially learning how to raise and store their own food. Organic farming, with no chemical fertilizers or poisons of any kind, is used. A drip irrigation system was installed to conserve water. The class started by emphasizing the importance of the health message and how it relates to the Bible, then progressed to seeds, harvesting and storage of food.

A small, experimental garden was planted this year. Carol Klontz, Cedarbrook principal, heads up the class. John Gunning, an organic farmer from Port Townsend, Wash., has donated his time and talents as well to the project. The students are excited about learning to be farmers!

Archie Silcox, Sr., who was responsible for starting this organic garden at Cedarbrook and who had been teaching the children, died on Sept. 1. At the time of his death, he had been seeking donations of a tractor and a Howard Rotavator for the garden—items still needed for the project. Cedarbrook parents have determined to help keep Archie’s dream alive by continuing the garden in future years.

Featured in: February 2003