Hi, my name is Arizona and this is my second year working here at The Farm.
What keeps me coming back to The Farm is the environment and the people that work here. The Farm is in a nice urban area away from any major distractions. It gives me time to work more effectively on the tasks that I may receive. In addition, all of the senior staff and my coworkers are naturally amazing people so it is a lot easier to communicate and work better.
I am looking forward to learning more about how to grow and take care of vegetables and plants. I have taken an interest in growing plants lately and it will help me gain more knowledge so that any vegetables or plants I grow will succeed. By working here at the farm, I have become more confident in my skills and abilities as a worker here; I am given the time to learn and improve skills everyday by doing so many new and old activities.
"The senior staff trust us enough to do the work along with them and they do not really have to give us very much guidance because we know how to do most of the stuff."
This year has been so different from last year. There are a lot less people, which means a lot less things to do. For example last year we cooked, harvested, took care of 3 types of animals, and did carpentry. Now we only harvest and have a lot less animals to care for. I feel like the only thing that has changed about my role this year is that I have a lot more independence. The senior staff trust us enough to do the work along with them and they do not really have to give us very much guidance because we know how to do most of the stuff.
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In the garden and in the commercial kitchen youth learn about responsible land stewardship, food systems, and waste reduction as they build communication, teamwork, and money management skills. They are our most valuable ‘crop’ – youth who are engaged citizens and climate change leaders.
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