IFFS Teaching Farm – Pulling Weeds to Prep for New Seeds
Jun 5, 2015
In order to help prepare the soil for the upcoming season’s produce and to kick off Centerline100, six Centerliners took a step away from their desks and spent the day pulling weeds. While the task sounds more like Saturday morning yard work, it’s an absolute essential job at The Teaching Farm.
Without the day devoted to pulling weeds, there would have been a delay in growing the crops – which only results in less farmed food.
“It’s all a big circle and workflow,” said Rebecca Dole, Executive Operations Director. “I’m grateful that we were able to help keep things moving.”
The farm is “home to educational experiences, entrepreneurs, and micro-enterprises” and develops community power through self-sufficiency. This local food system ultimately helps relieve hunger by educating people on how to grow food.
“While locally grown food can be more expensive, being involved with organizations like the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle creates a deeper understanding on why it’s a little more costly to purchase produce made on a smaller farm in comparison to a huge factory,” said Brenna Mickey, Interactive Designer.
The volunteers knew to expect manual labor, but didn’t know exactly what the day’s tasks would be. Last year during 100+100, six Centerliners spent the day gathering eggs and picking green beans.
Centerline is proud to partner with The Teaching Farm. It’s a great volunteer opportunity for anyone in the area because each day’s routine will change, but all every job contributes to the same goal – relieving hunger in the area.
“Getting to spend time outside of the office with your coworkers doing something like this is invaluable,” said Brenna. “It promotes teamwork, humanitarianism and self-awareness.”
“The employees at the farm were amazing to work with and having fellow co-workers there just made the whole experience better,” said Rebecca. “It’s one thing to gain a better sense of where our food comes from…but you add in the teamwork required, spending time outdoors, some good ole fashioned sweat work AND that the farm supports those in need through various efforts, and it’s really the best combination.”