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Friday, October 22, 2010

Gordon Mitchell School, East Bridgewater -- October 22

42° 01' 50" N
70° 56' 43" W

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The EarthView team is delighted to be returning to the Gordon W. Mitchell School in neighboring East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, which the team last visited in 2009. In fact, two Mitchell students are close family friends of team member Dr. Hayes-Bohanan.

The school is located very close to a site known as Sachem Rock, where the original conveyance of land from the Wampanoag Indians to Miles Standish in 1651. This land became the town of Bridgewater in 1656, and that town was eventually divided into what we now know as seven different cities and towns. In some ways, this was the beginning of the westward expansion of what would become the United States.

During the visit, the team was accompanied by Kiado Cruz, a farmer and activist from Chiapas, Mexico, and his team from Witness for Peace. They gave a presentation on the importance of local agriculture at Bridgewater State University on October 21 as part of a New England tour of schools, churches, and civic organizations. Although Kiado, Nikky, and Susan did not have a chance to visit with Mitchell students, they did have an opportunity to see the world from the inside, and to contemplate their own important work in a global context.

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