When Alice Deal Middle School assistant principal, Simon Rodberg, contacted us about bringing a group of seventh grade students out to the farm for a community service day, we were more than happy to accept the offer. Our excitement about the partnership proved more than warranted today as approximately 20 hardworking kids dug into a list of chores that could have been the undoing of even our most stalwart volunteers. Curious about what they accomplished?
– wood chipped pathways between rows
– pruned and fertilized the herb garden
– planted sweet potatoes and winter squash
– added compost to squash transplants
– mulched the strawberry beds with straw
– painted farm signs
– staked and pruned tomato plants
– weeded pathways and rows
– watered all the crops and the fig trees
– harvested lettuce to take home
They also got a farm tour, introduction to urban agriculture, and an overview of the crops and the methods we are using to cultivate an organic food supply. And enjoyed a picnic lunch on the farm. We had the honor of hosting some new friends to the farm, and seeing first hand what a significant impact the annual Deal Gives Back community service day can have for those lucky partners to whom they reach out. Many thanks to them all!