Experiencing spring at Howdy Farm has been one of the most rewarding experiences I could have asked for as a nutrition major and in terms of life in general. This past week I got to be a part of an awesome program called Aggies Move. This program was started by a Texas A&M nutrition alumni where health promotional behaviors are taught to elementary schoolers at recess. Howdy Farm volunteers go to the schools to teach the kids about fruits and veggies, gardening, and being kind to the earth. Additionally, student athletes lead the kids in fun games and activities that help them be active while learning about nutrition. But last week, rather than the Howdy farmers heading to the schools, the kids came to us!
The interns and volunteers showed the kids around the farm and taught them about sustainable gardening topics such as composting, harvesting, and planting. I think the college students had just about as much fun as the kids did as we laughed, joked, and learned together. We counted the number of spots on lady bugs, planted milk weed seedlings, and hung out in our Howdy Farm club house. Howdy Farm has never felt so vibrant and alive as with the kid’s excitement in discovery. With this experience, I felt a reinvigorated drive to serve Howdy Farm and share my knowledge and passion with those around me.
The last task of the day was preparing for Saturday at the farm, Howdy Farm’s yearly event in celebration of the beauty of the farm in spring. There was a ton to do as the recent rain left the farm with moist soil ideal for weeds. Luckily, I got out of weeding by starting a little project for the farm. I began making a chalk board that would be hung on our porch to list all the produce sold at the market. First, I took a flat piece of plywood and sanded it smooth with an electric sander. Next, I spread a smooth coat of primer over the wood to protect the future chalk board paint from chipping. Doing a project such as this felt great as working with my hands dissipated all of my anxieties, with the only thought on my mind of project I was creating.