This is FLEX, the Floyd Experience, SustainFloyd’s service learning experiment in which college students are invited to experience living close to nature in a rural community and to understand more about the nature of the challenges that face us in maintaining a healthy environment and a resilient economy.
The week will be filled with novel experiences: handling bio dynamically managed bees, watching horse logging, preparing farm fresh food for a crowd, helping the local clothing bank to streamline their warehouse space, trying out farm work, and more.
Sleeping on the floor, huddled together in a single large dorm, the students talk late into the night. They address questions big and small, personal and universal. Mid-way through the week there is an ah-ha moment when one student mentions that Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment asks Catholics not just to care for the poor, but to care for the whole creation.