And cistern full of rainwater:
And solar panels:
And beautiful, environmentally sensitive prairie home that he and his wife would like to donate one day to the Commons as a teaching facility:
Here's the thing about Darryl: he's related to Alan Birkenfeld, who runs PaiDom Meats up in Nazareth. Y'all remember PaiDom, right? The sustainably grown, grass-fed, pasture-raised, humanely treated farm animals? The meat that I buy, along with others once a month here in LBB, in the parking lot of Sutherland's Hardware?
In the photo at the top, Darryl is showing me some of the organic soil he uses, which is produced by a brother's company, Soil Mender.
At lunch (hamburgers, provided by PaiDom) I sat next to a very nice group of young men, and since it was "career day," I asked each of them what he intended to do when he got out of college. One of them said he was going into the family business. I asked what that was.
He said, "Soil Mender."
That's when I looked at his name tag. His last name was "Birkenfeld."
Darryl is the uncle second cousin of a former student of mine*, Erin Hoelting. Erin is currently in Zambia, working for the Peace Corps. Apparently, there are a lot of Hoeltings up in Nazareth, too.
Here's what I want to know: what are they putting in the water up there to produce such a fine community of people?