This will be my last blog post of the semester- but I would like to encourage everyone by pointing out that I am ending on a good note. A great one actually! It turns out that my optimism paid off- and i’m realizing that everything happens for a reason (just like my parents always told me- don’t you hate it when they’re right?). After having to start over on my video, I decided to change it up. I was discouraged by how my first video was turning out anyway- and with Thursday’s fiasco, I had no choice but to start over. Well it turns out that I like the newest version of the video MUCH better! And I never would have willingly started the project over, so it was like it was meant to be! You can check out our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClI5XWyiHYCMtxalZN4TPMA.
This is where you can watch the final version of my internship video! It will be complete by the end of the week- so go check it out! Also, one of my goals this semester was to start a Howdy Farm YouTube channel, for educational and public relations purposes. This was the primary reason I was making the Howdy Farm introductory video. Throughout this experience, I was concerned that I wouldn’t have enough videos to start a YouTube Channel, but after filming and editing my introductory video, a pruning demonstration, and a lesson on composting and propagation- I felt that I had enough to get a channel started! I also collected some previously filmed recipe demonstrations from a previous Howdy Farm intern, and was able to start the YouTube channel off with a total of 6 videos! Hopefully, our public relations and communications committee for the student organization will be able to keep up the videos so our channel can continue to grow.
Also, I spent this Friday- one of the last days on my internship- at Navarro Elementary. Navarro is a local elementary school that hosted a program called Aggies Move this semester. By hosting Aggies move at their campus, the elementary school signed up to have a few Texas A&M Athletes and Nutrition Students come teach their students about living a healthy lifestyle. Howdy Farmer’s were invited to help the Aggies Move team teach the students about where their food comes from. I was one of four Howdy Farmer’s that stood alongside some of the Texas A&M Athletes and taught the kids about composting and recycling and showed them how we can reduce the amount of trash that we throw away each day. I loved going out into the community and teaching them about farming and sustainability. It definitely was one of the best ways I could have ended my internship. I even got to play a game of Crab Soccer with the students! I had a blast, and was reminded that the reason I want to pursue horticulture alongside nutrition is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There’s nothing like spending a day with a few kids to get inspired!
Overall, my internship resulted in many learning experiences. Regardless of the many obstacles I went through, I was able to learn how to overcome then, remain professional and meet deadlines. I also was able to learn how to work with people to make them feel a bit more comfortable in front of a camera. The only thing I would have changed about my experience was getting to spend more time in the garden. Unfortunately, most of my internship was spent behind a camera or at a desk in an office trying to edit and upload photos and videos. I was hoping to learn a bit more about how to run an urban farm- but the good news is that I will be here this summer hanging around the farm and will have plenty of opportunity to learn. With that being said, I now have knowledge that I didn't before about setting up interviews, filming, and working with a variety of people to make a video come to life.
Howdy! My name is Marissa Albers and I am a Nutritional Sciences major pursuing a minor in Horticulture. My passion lies with food and where it comes from! I would eventually love to work with food security by helping malnourished populations find sustainable solutions to their hunger and nutrient deficiencies. I am excited to learn about how to grow healthy, local produce and to help bridge the gap between the community of Bryan/College Station and their food source!