Jeff Deal and I spend 3 days up in northern Indiana last week participating in a variety of solar activities at the Center at Donaldson, home to some very inspiring projects of the Poor Handmaids for Jesus Christ. We’ve posted numerous times on their work over the past year plus, so if you wish to follow the threads, just click the tags below. BY ALL MEANS, HAVE A LOOK AT ADAM THADA’S POSTS ON THIS MAGNIFICENT COOPERATIVE VENTURE.
For now, we wanted to use photos and not words to show some of what they’ve accomplished– a lot of very impressive new solar. Images won’t be completely adequate to convey the vision, commitment and cooperation that are so impressive. Soon, we’ll write the story in some depth. For now, have a look at what is possible.
Sister Mary gave us a lesson in environmental history, telling us that we were in the “Everglades of the North” or more accurately, The Great Kankakee Marsh. At one million acres, it was the largest inland wetland in the United States until the land was “developed” after the Civil War. Given that we were a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan it made sense that a vast wetland was “natural” and what we saw was constructed by man in the name of progress. They’ve restored a small corner of it and lured the sandhill cranes and northern geese back with their regenerative work.