The Howdy Farm introductory video has been a work in progress! Today, I headed over to the Juice Joint and the Brazos Valley Food Bank to film a few facts about where our produce goes after it leaves the farm. We have partnerships with them, which diversifies us and also allows us to help play a role in stimulating the local economy!
Northgate Juice Joint
The Juice Joint is a local juice and smoothie shop that prides themselves in using “green” practices in their business model. They have an urban garden, compostable cups, and they source many of their produce from local vendors- such as the Howdy Farm! In fact, they purchase Howdy Farm produce and use it in their juices and smoothies, and we take back the fruit and vegetable pulp to be composted at the farm! Talk about a symbiotic relationship! This is the perfect example of “buying local” and its benefits. Business relationships turn into partnerships, and each partner becomes interested in helping the other out.
About a week prior to filming, I sent an email asking permission to interview a worker. There must have been a miscommunication, because upon arrival, we seemed to have taken them by surprise! The Juice Joint employee did a wonderful job of taking an impromptu interview, and we even grabbed a smoothie on the way out! We did run into a few problems though. We had microphone issues (it sounded very gritty), and customers kept walking in during filming- so we could only get a few short segments total. Overall, while the experience was a bit stressful, it was a wonderful opportunity to learn how to manage stress and stay professional!
The Brazos Valley Food Bank
Next, I took a trip over to the Brazos Valley Food Bank. Luckily, they were extremely prepared, and even had a script for their employee ready to go! I got a great shot of them unloading the produce, and we went straight into the interview. I even learned a few things about the Food Bank! Overall, everything flowed very smoothly and I was relieved to go home after a long day.
After getting back to school I began editing this material , and unfortunately I noticed an odd situation. When I listened to the clips over the computer- everything sounded great! However, as soon as I plugged in head phones, the sound only came out of my left headphone instead of both- I was getting mono instead of stereo sound. I ruled out the possibility that this was an issue with my headphones, because I had used them before and after my revelation. This entire situation was discouraging because I knew I didn’t have time to re-film the clips. I am counting on the fact that most people watching the video will listen to it over their computers and won’t notice the flaw until I figure out a solution.
Today, I learned patience and how to stay optimistic when things aren’t going as planned. So far, nothing in this video has gone as planned- and i’m expecting the final product to be far from what I had originally envisioned. However, i’m holding out faith that everything happens for a reason, and it will turn out in the end!
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!