school’s 2nd grade field trip for the 11th year,but because of inadequate weather for mapletrees, the kids collected buckets instead of sap! Mike and Barb hosted five studentsfrom Thailand, (family and friends fromOllie’s stay in 1998.) Mike’s friend Satar fromIraq was through, as well as a class from St.Thomas University. John La Forge traveledto New York City to march with 25,000 to theUN calling for nuclear disarmament. He wasalso able to present the depleted uraniumstory in a UN committee room organized byanti-DU campaigns from around the world.May brought THE PARTY to celebratethe end of ELF! Months of planning byLoaves and Fishes in Duluth, Nukewatchand Anathoth produced a spectacularvictory party complete with music,speeches, and recognition of the incrediblenetwork of people who worked over 30 yearsto stop first the construction of and later theoperation of Project ELF. In these times of much to be discouraged about, this was a nightto feel empowered by persistence andnonviolence. We feel deep gratitude for all whovigiled, wrote letters, risked arrest andsupported the campaign throughout the years.Summer means garden, hay and peoplescattering. In June, John Heid traveled toArizona to join the Christian PeacemakerBorderlands delegation on the Mexican/ Arizona border for 3 weeks. From there hetraveled by bus to Erie, Pennsylvania to helphis dad move. Mike coordinated venues forSami Rasouli’s speaking tour. Sami is ourIraqi friend who has moved back to Iraq andstarted the Muslim Peacemaker Team.Bonnie and John LaForge representedNukewatch at the Midwest RenewableEnergy Fair, again makingthe connection betweenweapons and the U.S.unsustainable energypolicy.Emma Miles ran herfirst marathon – Grandma’sin Duluth. She inspiredMike to run with her in theJune 2006 race. TheNational Service Learningconference sent studentsagain to the farm in July fora tour, work and overnight. John La Forgewas arrested at Alliant Tech Systems in July.The trial ended in a conviction which iscurrently being appealed. Bonnie wasarrested at Alliant in August and refused toattend court proceedings. In August, Mikeand Barb led a Church youth group trip toClay County Kentucky, where they hadworked as Brethren Volunteers in 1979-80.The week brought renewed friendships, newawareness of the plight of Appalachia bymountain top removal, and much good work was done by the youth for the Mud Lick and Flat Creek churches.As the group traveled home, Bonnie,John La Forge, and John Heid were headingdown to the same region for an actioncommemorating the bombings of Hiroshimaand Nagasaki taking place at the Y-12 nuclearweapons productionsite at Oak Ridge,Tennessee.Fall harvest wasplentiful. We har-vested ginormouspotatoes, bushels of tomatoes, onions,garlic, basil, beansand more. Amidstthe canning andfreezing, folksmanaged to attendBobfest in Madison,the annual CatholicWorker gathering at Sugar Creek in Iowa,and Harvestfest in Minnesota all on thesame weekend. (Is too much of a good thingwonderful?!) We hosted an AnathothCommunity Farm Open House, advertisingit as “a time to come and see what we’velearned and talk about energy challenges of the future.” The first vehicle arrived exactlyat 1 p.m. and the traffic didn’t stop until dusk.Over 60 people attended, and most were folkswe didn’t know. It was an amazing afternoonfilled with dialogue about peak oil,sustainability (with more than a few “aha”moments at many of the unique features of Anathoth), activism and community living.We’ll do it again in the fall!The Northwood’s Peace Initiative senta bus with John La Forge andMike on board, toWashington DC for theSeptember 24th End the Warrally. In an unbelievable tale,Mike ended up being thedriver of the commercial buswhen the scheduled busdriver didn’t show up.It was like the exodus inOctober with Barb Katt,Jane, John Heid, Mike andOllie (who now lives inMoscow, Idaho) doing log repair at the NorthRim of the Grand Canyon for the month.Jerry, Molly and I attended the Word andWorld Stringfellow conference inMinneapolis. John La Forge, Bonnie andMolly coordinated a weekend longconference on Depleted Uranium and AlliantTech Systems which culminated in directaction at ATK on United Nations Day.Forty-two people were arrested for trespassincluding John La Forge. (His trial is stillpending). Bonnie had a hugely successfulart show in Madison, leaving with a packedcar and coming home almost empty! Bonnieis living her mantra “Do more art.”November brought more students -- St.Benedicts for a weekend retreat, and St.Thomas for an afternoon. Then there wassome scurrying to get the farm tucked inbefore Jane, John, John and Patty set off forthe annual action atthe School of theAmericas (SOA) atFort Benning,Georgia. All hadlead roles in the castof “Billionaires forBush,” sporting tophats, furs and lots of bling. Unlike Bushwho seems immuneto personal conse-quences for hisactions, Jane Hos-king and John LaForge each received 6 month sentences fortheir stroll up the driveway. Somehow, evenwith long days, weeks and months in thegarden, many gatherings with extendedfamily, the Grand Canyon job, and the trip toSOA, Jane and John were able to bring theStrawbale house far enough along to movein at Thanksgiving! It is beautiful to behold,warm as toast in the winter and cool insummer’s heat. They have settled in well.Winter brought another season of everyone in and out. December broughtBonnie’s family to the farm for the first time!We clean up nicely, especially for family, andit paid off when the 15-year-old niece askedto come back again for a longer visit! MichaelPeter Boland joined the extendedneighborhood on December 5th, charminghis parents Chris and Kristin, his sister Ann,and all the rest of us from the get go. Thefirst taste of what life will be like withoutMolly, Jerry and Amos came when they leftfor an extended winter discernment trip.[Author’s note: Sometime during the warmermonths, (we are all in denial as to the details),Molly and Jerry shared with everyone, theirplan to start a Catholic Worker in KalamazooMichigan.] We all “hoped” that Michiganweather would be terrible or that housingwould be totally out of financial reach orthat Amos would develop a major allergy toKalamazoo, so that the outcome would beto stay at the farm. Of course none of theabove happened and “they are moving”(though we are still in denial about this) andnow that we know how it feels to have themgone, we know too that we really, really don’tlike it one bit! Bonnie headed out to Montanato make a mosaic countertop. John, Johnand Jane headed back down to Georgia forthe SOA trial late in January. After the guiltyverdict, Jane and John H. were able tovacation some with Jane’s family in Florida.
Billionaires for Bush at the School of theAmericas protest in Georgia