Thoreau believed that if a community chose to have a center for learning, then the students needed to be the ones to lay the foundation. These are the students, volunteers, and support network who committed their time and energy to the workshops and farming at the Eco-Learning Center in the summer of 1999. As learners, each person considers his/her labor an investment in the future of the community and of the planet. As individuals, these are students learning about their personal potential. Everyone is committed to the act of doing something to effect change. There should be a round of applause for their efforts. They are the future leaders, building a framework in which humans exist in concert with the ecosystem.