This week we hosted our first group volunteer session at the farm. Shoutout to the Aggie Gentlemen of Integrity for all of their hard work!
It was exciting and overwhelming at the same time. There were a lot of people to direct and manage, but I was thankful the group was so responsive and willing to help with the various activities we had on our agenda for the day.
We spent the day weeding the beds at the entrance of the farm, and laid mulch in other permanent beds throughout the farm. It was another much-needed cleaning day, and we needed all the hands we could get in order to cover the ground.
When I decided to do this internship, I did not realize how great of an opportunity it would be to develop my own leadership skills. When volunteers come to the farm, they look to Corey and the interns for direction. Just a few short weeks ago, I was the one constantly seeking direction and appearing clueless when it came to understanding what was going on. Now, I feel more comfortable working on the farm and I am able to give directions clearly and effectively.
Our first wave of group volunteers taught me just how important experience is to learning. Without the prior experience of the first two weeks, I would not have learned as quickly. I probably would not have been able to give directions as well.
I have also learned the meaning of strength in numbers. Keep the volunteers coming!