2011 MT

Sustainability and Reconciliation through Agriculture, Health and Green Building on the Crow Reservation

June 2-9, 2011

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In June 2011, the Eco-Stewards Program journeyed through southeastern Montana, where we explored the connections between faith and environmental stewardship in the context of sustainable agriculture, health and green building on the Crow Reservation and in Big Sky country.

Twelve Eco-Stewards from around the country joined us for a week of community meals, cross-cultural conversations, prairie walks, worship services, vocational discernment, eco-faith journeys and hands-on construction and cleaning projects.  We spent half the week sleeping in tents and tepees at Greenwood Farm, where we were fed delicious, locally-sourced meals. A string of hot, dry weather allowed us to camp at the farm and explore the reservation despite major flooding that had affected the area in late May.

The end of our week provided some sabbath time in the peaceful, mountain setting of Luccock Park Camp, a Methodist camp outside Yellowstone National Park. The main lodge with its wood stoves and majestic views kept us cozy during a day of steady rain. We returned to Billings, where we toured the greenest building in Montana (the Northern Plains Resource Council) and a community garden and labyrinth at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Our program ended with a community meal at First Presbyterian Church in Billings, which graciously housed the Eco-Stewards for two nights, allowing quick access to the airport. To see a slideshow of the week, click here.

Three of our young adults spent the summer as Eco-Stewards interns who put their eco-stewardship skills into action at Greenwood Farm in Montana and Krislund Camp in central Pennsylvania. You can read about their experience on our blog.

Meet the 2011 Eco-Stewards

Amanda Hipp, Student at University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Andrew Foltz-Morrison (summer intern- Krislund Camp, Madisonburg, PA) Student at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Bolton Kirchner- Recent graduate of Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss.

Dave Grace (summer intern- Greenwood Farm), Student at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, N.C.

Dawn Sample, Religious Education Coordinator, St. Labre Indian Catholic School, Ashland, MT

Evelyn Meisenbacher, Student at Drew University, Madison, NJ

Evan Ponder, Young Adult Volunteer, Presbytery of South Louisiana

Gerard Miller (summer intern- Greenwood Farm), Student at University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Jake Melnyk, Science Teacher at Greene Early College, Greenville, NC

Joshua Campbell, Recent graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK

Katherina Pogorelov, Student at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

Victoria Machado (summer intern- Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville, VA) Graduate student at The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2011 Program Leaders

Our 2011 Montana Program leaders included: Rev. Rob Mark of Harvard University’s Memorial Church and First Presbyterian Church of Waltham, Massachusetts; Dr. David Mark, MD of Crow/Northern Cheyenne IHS Hospital and Bighorn Valley Health Center; Katie Holmes, Associate for the Environmental Ministries Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A); Becky W. Evans, a freelance environmental journalist and communication professor at Boston University and Lasell College; Heather Lukacs of  West Virginia, a senior clean water coordinator with the National Parks Conservation Association and a PhD candidate at Stanford University; and Kyle Doerksen, a design engineer from  Palo Alto, CA.

2011 Program Itinerary

Thursday: Eco-Stewards arrive in Billings, MT/Orientation hike along the Rimrock Trail/Community dinner at First Presbyterian Church

Friday: Tour of community garden and Labyrinth walk at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church/Travel to Greenwood Farm/Orientation hike on Crow Reservation and conversation with Crow elder & musician Joe Bear Cloud/Bonfire & camping at Greenwood Farm

Saturday: Community service project at Crow Reservation/Tour of Crow Hospital/Earthship construction at Greenwood Farm/Sharing of Eco-Faith Journeys/ Bonfire & camping

Sunday: Home visits with Crow families/Church visits/Earthship construction at Greenwood Farm/Community dinner & discussion with Bighorn Valley Health Center board of directors/Bonfire & camping

Monday: Guided prairie walk of the Cove Canyon Grasslands with the Rim Country Land Institute/Travel to Luccock Park United Methodist Camp in Livingston, MT

Tuesday: Sharing of Eco-faith Journeys/Hiking & Rest/Group processing & message sharing

Wednesday: Morning worship & closing communion ceremony/Travel to Billings, MT/Tour of Northern Plains Resource Council green building & discussion of natural resource management/Community dinner at First Presbyterian Church

2011 Multimedia Slideshow

Watch our Montana multimedia slideshow produced by a team of Eco-Stewards photographers and reporters who captured intimate stories of those living with and from the land in Montana.

11 Responses to 2011 MT

  1. Rob says:

    The Big Sky state is only about 5 months away!

  2. Jenny Holmes says:

    This year’s Eco-Stewards program promises an outstanding experience for participants to grow and faith and in understanding of their relationship with God’s creation and human communities. Thanks to all who have pulled this together!

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