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May 12, 2015

A Day At The Food Works Farm!

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 ...

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