100+100: A Day on the Teaching Farm
Aug 22, 2014
Six Centerliners – a mix of experienced gardeners and new farmers – stepped away from their computers and got their hands dirty at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Teaching Farm.
“I am naturally drawn to getting my hands dirty – I have a garden of my own,” said Brian Pace, Senior Art Director. “I immediately knew when 100+100 was announced that I wanted to do something on a farm. When I discovered that Teaching Farm isn’t just a farm, but actually teaches others about farming methods and the importance of agriculture and fresh local food, I was sure this was where I wanted to volunteer.”
The farm is “home to educational experiences, entrepreneurs, and micro-enterprises” and aims to develop local self-sufficiency and community power. All this contributes to relieving hunger in the area by teaching the methods of farming and educating locals – and these Centerline employees learned a lot.
“I was surprised to learn that there are over 100,000 people in the Triangle who don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said Mack Garrison, Senior Motion Graphics Designer. “Because of this, helping at The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle was a no brainer.”
The guys spent the day gathering eggs from the farm’s four chicken coups and picking green beans. By the end of the day, more than 50 pounds of beans had been picked.
“The food we gathered was being sold that same day,” said Mike Delaney, Senior Motion Graphics Designer. “It was pretty cool to see how fast the crops can go from farm to table.”
“As someone who is interested in gardening, it was a good opportunity to give back to the community in a way that interested me,” said Eric Kramer, Motion Graphics Designer.
The day’s tasks not only fund the program, they also allow the full-time staff to spend their time on more pertinent duties. This organization relies on volunteers – the three full-time staff members have much more to accomplish than what three people are capable of.
“I loved the simplistic and tangible nature of activities, knowing it was serving a greater good,” said Nathan Mote, Account Planner. “We left with a huge respect for not only the demands of an industry we all take for granted, but also for the staff who are dedicated to providing for those less fortunate.”
In addition to getting hands-on experience on the farm, these volunteers learned about the farm’s animals, the organically-grown crops and all the programs offered.
The Teaching Farm hosts eight incubator farmers who learn how to farm and have access to all the necessary tools. In return, they spend time volunteering on the farm.
For groups, workshops on topics including beekeeping and microgreens are offered as well as educational farm tours.
“This was a great opportunity to help an important organization, meet some new people and spend a day outside getting our hands dirty,” said Cory Livengood, Senior Motion Graphics Designer.