Hello, my name is Mikaela and I am currently an intern with
Janus Youth Programs. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Village Gardens’ Food Works farm and gain an inside look at the hard work and passionate crew
that makes the farm so successful.
The Food Works farm is located on 2.5 acres of land on
Sauvie Island. When I first arrive, I am welcomed by the Food Works crew-
Marshalia, Roman, Keegan and Esbeidi (get to know them even better by checking out their website or this video they produced). To start the
day’s work, we get energized by playing a game to learn each other’s names.
After warming up, we are ready to get to work!
The first thing on our agenda is planting parsley. The Food
Works crew have a fast and simple strategy to get the job done—as one person
digs small holes to fill with the plants, another removes the plant start from
the tray, and a third person buries the plants in the soil. This type of group
effort exemplifies how Food Works gets things done. There is a strong team
mentality that unites the youth in Food Works. Even on my first day at the
farm, I felt like I was part of a bigger process and goal. While there are
staff who assist with ...