This post was written by the Northern Strand Community Farm 2018 Youth Crew.
So far the youth in Everett Community Growers’ Northern Strand Community Farm (NSCF) Youth Crew program have learned many new things and enjoyed lots of different and fun activities during the month of July. They enjoyed the days when everyone was at the farm together, when there was food, and they made new friends. Everyone is kind and shares the jobs that need to be done, and they have different jobs that they chose to their liking. The supervisors and the youth get along and work together to put the farm in the best shape they possibly can. When asked about their experiences working at the Northern Strand Community Farm, they all had similar replies. Listed below are questions and their replies to these questions. If you have any questions, please message us on Facebook!
- What have you learned so far?
In the last few weeks, we’ve learned many different things about farming, such as how to properly harvest the produce. Also, we’ve learned a lot about the plants at the farm, and how to correctly grow them. Lastly, we’ve learned a lot about how to grow crops, from seed to crop!
- What skills have you acquired while working in the NSCF Youth Crew?
We’ve learned a variety of skills, including communication and coordination. We often need to communicate, whether its asking someone to fill in, or in this case having working together to finish a blog. We’ve also become skilled in knowing when to wait for a plant to grow, and when to harvest it.
- Which of your skills have been put to use?
Well, it’s different with each of us. Some of us have been using their Creativity skills to
be pro artists create signs and decorate the farm. Others have been using our Organization skills to organize our shed, know when we work. Also, some of us have been using our Physical skills to be pro wrestlers uhh, i mean build fences, and shovel mulch.
- What do you teach each other?
Those of us that have prior experience showed the others things like how to assemble the hose (which is a LOT harder than it sounds), how to water, and how to weed the beds. Others with better organization have showed us how to keep our shed organized. Those with good outreach skills encouraged us to take part in our community.
- What have you found the most fun?
While it’s hard work, it’s fun to meet and work with new people, that we normally wouldn’t have met otherwise. Also, it’s been fun to paint the signs! We’ve had fun seeing the farm grow, with new additions like signs, fences, new beds, and more being added! It’s also been fun to bike to bread of life on a giant tricycle (yes, a giant tricycle)!
- What has been the most challenging?
Well, each of us have our strengths and weaknesses. It’s been a challenge to shovel mulch, and the other strenuous heavy lifting. Also, remembering the plant vocabulary, and how to deal with the different plants.