Here are some of the students' responses to your questions.
Kids' responses to questions asked by the high school
students in Christianburg, VA.
Q. What sort of grains are you growing?
A. Not growing
Q. Do you pasteurize milk.
Q. Do you ever get time to play.
A. Very seldom.
Q. Do you ever have breaks from working?
school, and occasionally at other times.
Q. What are the hardest things to do?
A. Get up early in
the morning, and eating the food we have
Q. Do you catch your own food?
A. No, we don't have to.
But we can fish and hunt small game.
Q. Was this your parents' idea or did you have a say
in the plan?
A. Tracy says she chose to go to be with
Aine, who would have otherwise been the only girl in
the Clune household. Erin and Logan say that they
were really in on the plan and wanted to go.
Q. How does lard taste?
A. Its worse than margarine and
vegetable shortening. We can believe "it's not
Q. Is life in 1883 a better life with less stress?
A. The children agree that the mental stress is easier,
but the physical stress is harder.
Q. Are you learning things that have changed your
A. Yes. We no longer take things for granted, and
we are more able to take care of ourselves.
This is a response to a viewer who asked Mark Glenn
how he was doing from a medical perspective.
Thanks for your email and your interest in the
project. On the question of overall physical health,
we were all recently weighed and measured by the
medical director for the project. He found, according
to the Body Mass Index that we were all in excellent
Concerning hygiene, the project installed water
purification units that are based on period designs
from the early 19th century, and the water is tested
periodically, and we also add chlorine to the water as
an extra precaution. There is also an EMT just off
site, 24 hours per day, but fortunately, they've only
had to deal with minor things, like blisters, etc.
There is also a life flight helicopter on alert in the
area for emergencies. Outside of filming, we are
contacted bi-weekly and can discuss any problems we
might be having. The drought in the area has caused
some safety concerns because of fire, but overall I
have been extremely impressed with the preparedness of
the production crew, the consultants, and the support
staff in answering and responding to the needs and
concerns of the participants, as well as the animals
involved in the production.
Once again, thanks for your interest,