This spring break I had the opportunity to go to Honduras with a team of students from Olivet. While we were there we worked with an economic orphanage, El Jardin de Amor y Esperanza(The Garden of Love and Hope), to help prepare them for a new community center that will be opening soon. One of … More Why Honduras? Why Me?
This past semester Autumn, Ellie, Micah, and I all had the opportunity to learn a little about Van Drunen Farms in Momence, IL. The link below will lead you to our video summarizing our experience. Please enjoy: Van Drunen Farm Visit
As this semester winds to a close, I find myself looking back on all that has happened throughout these four measly months. We spent a majority of this semester exploring farm life, communal life, and just life in general. I have been in a state of reflection throughout this semester as I strive to make … More The Last Hoorah
Firstly, I feel that next semester’s service project could be the most beneficial if the service project could either be related directly to our individual majors or to an area that we are passionate about. In order to maintain accountability, it would probably be best if students from the same major or related majors could work together … More Honors Spring Semester
From reading the title of this blog post you may already be questioning where I’m coming from, or even just wondering what I mean. Recently, our honors class has been exploring some of the pains and ailments that are buried so deep both in our society and abroad. It would be no stretch to say … More We Live in a Broken World—Why Bother Fixing It
Who am I? Why is it important that I understand myself? Should I even worry myself with trying to find out what it is that makes me tick? Yes. Very simply put, yes. If we are to learn more about the Creator, what better place to look than his creation. Though we often times don’t … More Who am I and what does that mean?
Throughout this entire semester, the general consensus of our honors class towards Wendell Berry was rather negative. Many of us had written him off as some sort of New Age leftist who had little to no experience on a farm, and thereby had no credibility to his name. Once finding out a little bit more of … More Open Mouth, Insert Firehose
Too often in today’s time we don’t actually take the time to slow down and admire the world around us. We are constantly in a state of doing, and hardly in a state of being. Our identity often comes from what it is that we are doing, rather than from who we are and where we … More Finding a place for the sabbath in today’s busy world
Last weekend, we had the opportunity to visit two vastly different environments in the agricultural world. We visited a very community driven Amish family, and a commercially driven industrial farm. At the end of the day, many of us were asking the question, “which of these is the better of the two?” I would pose … More Competition or Cooperation
Last weekend our honors cohort had the opportunity to experience something out of the norm of our daily lives at Olivet. We journeyed through Amish country and ended up at the industrial Fair Oaks Farm. These pictures are meant to document our experiences. Our day started off at Ben’s house where he shoed a horse … More Honors Photojournal