Everyday of the past 2 weeks has reminded me how many reasons there are to love life.
We went to Michigan, where we made a stop at my brothers house. I also have a niece and nephew and I haven’t see their whole family in 7 years. He welcomed the bus crew into his home and we enjoyed the rainy days with what felt like my long lost family. I used to spend summers in Michigan as a kid and there is a beauty there that cant be found in any other state. Green grass, lakes the size of oceans, and a diverse population of people. I said goodbye to my brother, hoping that I get out there sooner than last time.
We drove for two days straight, in a hurry to get to one of our favorite places, South Dakota. We couldn’t wait to connect with our beloved friends at the hop farm, and to also help them finish their harvest. We got there just in time, and helped them finish up the hard work. We would start early in the morning, working until late into the night. The last night when we finished the harvest, they decided that they wanted to brew their favorite hop plant. Without any doubts, we began making a huge fire, and boiling a giant 60 gallon pot of water. We took turns crushing the barley by hand with a broken 2×4, and picking hops off the plant and throughing it into the pot. On the farm, which is far from any civilization, you can see what seems like every star in the universe. At about 3 a.m. we looked up to see the Northern Lights dancing in the night sky.
How did my life lead me to a moment as great as this?
Why am I so blessed to share these moments with other loving souls?
That night left an imprint in my heart.
Let me go more into depth about how truly amazing these people are. They live on a farm, have a garden to eat food from, and they all work together on the hop farm towards their dream of opening a brewery. They want to put all of their profits right back into making their farm more and more self sustaining. If everything in the world came to a halt, they would be able to keep on keepin’ on.
Most people think that they are crazy for chosing South Dakota as their starting point. Why not California? Or Oregon? Where people are generally more open minded to the idea of a self sustaining organic brewery. Well that’s the thing, these people want to change the world. And by starting in an environment where people have never seen anything like this in their lives, they have a possibility to change their entire perspectives. They want to hold huge events where people from all over join them at their brewery for the release of their new beers. By getting involved and inviting people onto their farm, and where their beer comes from they can show people how to live self sustaining. They say it’s not “going green” which is sorta becoming trendy, they are going back to the stone age. Unlike most commune type places, where people start a community hidden from the world, they want to bring this new idea of life into the light.
These people want to change the world.
What is cooler than that?
Something that Weston said to me that will stick with me forever is, “We don’t want to hide our light. We were given our light to shine on others.”