A sixth grade garden student approached me the other day about getting to work on the neglected Native Hawaiian Plant garden outside their classroom. Stoked to oblige when a student requests a task, I came in to host a classroom work day. Students started with the irrigation. They traced it back to the source and made sure every line was delivering water to dehydrated plants. A drought does one thing very well; defines what plant is getting water and what plant is not. Students also got to work on their defunct waterfall. They found the pump, took it apart, cleaned it, put it back together, cleared the line up the fall, and troubleshooted about why the waterfall was barren. In forty minutes with five hard-working 5/6 graders, we laid the groundwork to fix the waterfall, replaced existing irrigation, hauled rubbish, moved mulch. Empowered elementary students make a fierce volunteer work force.
Students were delighted when I told them that if they were adults working for that time as a commercial irrigationist, they would have earned at least 80$, starting at $125 for a consultation. Irrigation instalation could be a lucrative way to work your way through college or to travel the world. One with irrigation and graywater knowledge will be valuable in the future as world water supplies become more and more valuable.
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.