Weaver's Way Farm Community Service






Part I - Goals

Reflection

Farm journal? Write in it monthly? Rainy days? Interview other farm volunteers?
Photo journal - each week each kid is expected to post at least one photo with a caption and comment meaningfully on someone else's photo.

Student Reflection Page 2009-2010

Journal 2009-2010


Student Reflection 2010-2011


Journal 2010-2011


Photos 2010-2011

Knowledge

Students participating in the Weaver's Way Farm Community Service will learn about growing food, sustainable agriculture, organic farming, and community supported agriculture (CSA). In addition to the more obvious issues related to organic farming - such as pesticides, genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), and chemical fertilizers - students at Weaver's Way will also learn about the economic, political, and social issues surrounding conventional agriculture. Students will also consider the benefits and challenges of locally grown food.

Service

Every Wednesday afternoon during Crefeld's regularly scheduled community service slot, students will visit the Weaver's Way Farm in Germantown to work hands-on with whatever activities the volunteer coordinator has scheduled for the day. These usually revolve around the day-to-day chores of maintaining a farm, as well as preparing and planning for future plantings and growth. During the colder months, students may stay at Crefeld to work on miscellaneous tasks, such as painting garden signs. Students may also use this time for related research, outreach, and networking.

Empowerment

Many people rarely consider the origins of their food. We encourage students to explore this topic by directly participating in the process of growing food. We have had several students and staff who planted their own gardens with plant donations from the farm. Others have been inspired to try new produce and food they wouldn't ordinarily have tasted. Ideally, we would like our students to realize what is possible in a community through organizing, cooperating, collaborating, and considering alternative ways of contributing to the GNP in ways that are healthy, productive, and sustainable.

Part II - Activities

  1. Hands-on farm work
  2. Journaling monthly and/or collaborative Photo Journal weekly
  3. Interview other farm volunteers/workers (see Interview Question Sheet)
  4. Become familiar with the Farm website, including watching 10 min documentary, becoming familiar with crops, harvest schedule, typical items needed, etc. <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CmbjWRu0dSE&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CmbjWRu0dSE&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>
  5. Develop 5-10 minute presentations on an organic farming topic or sustainable agriculture topic using resources below. Students may give these presentations to the whole school or to visiting groups at Weaver's Way or at a youth farming conference or workshop.
  6. Each student must add resources to Part III below based on their research
  7. Each student interview and connect with a student from Saul High School (or Henry School) who also works with The Farm
  8. Current Events - once a month/quarter students will present a current events article related to any of the topics listed below under Resources
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Part III - Resources

  1. Weaver's Way Farm website http://weaversway.coop/index.php?page=the_farm
  2. Sample farm blog http://straightfromthefarm.net/the-garden-and-farm/
  3. Primer on sustainable agriculture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_agriculture
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_farming
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sustainable_agriculture_topics
  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture http://northeasternpermaculture.wikispaces.com/
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_organic_gardening_and_farming_topics
  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community-supported_agriculture
  9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_food
  10. Video: National Cooperative Grocer's Association http://www.ncga.coop/about/coops
  11. Gerald Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel" 3 hr documentary about the origins of agriculture and industrial society, including the slave trade in Africa
  12. Omnivore's Dilemma documentary coming out
  13. Soil health
  14. Monocrops
  15. Agribusiness - petroleum based farming
  16. The Green Revolution from the 1960's about using pesticides, chemicals to wipe out hunger (FAILURE)
  17. The Edible City documentary coming out next year - on 5 urban farmers in the East Bay (including Jim)
  18. Barcelona video with Mateo talking about Green Faerie Farms
  19. Cuba under The Embargo --> organic farming and re-tooling all their farms and increased urban farming
  20. Weaver's Way opening in additional locations, including neighborhoods traditionally without access to healthy food and produce, especially organic food. Research the social, economic, and political forces that created and perpetuate this nutritional injustice.
  21. The Meatrix: http://www.themeatrix1.com/
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Possible subtopics for Resources:
Issues - CSA, locavore, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), native pollinators, monocrops vs crop rotation, soil health, GMOs, permaculture, companion plantings, government subsidies, CORN,
Plants
Demonstration farms and gardens
Nutrition & Health
Business - running a farm, economics of it, training, financing, etc
Videos:
VIDEO
TLA?
Netflix DVD?
Netflix Instant?
Link
Full Video/Clip
King Corn
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Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiCRwMMh9k8
Clip
Supersize Me
Y

Y
http://www.hulu.com/watch/63283/super-size-me
Full
The Milagro Beanfield War
N

Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jy0q5z8Wk&feature=youtube_gdata
Clip
Food Inc (film of The Omnivore's Dilemma)

11/3/09

http://www.hulu.com/watch/70823/movie-trailers-food-inc
Clip
Troublesome Creek
N
Y

N
None
Fast Food Nation
Y
Y

http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/fast-food-nation/trailer
Clip
Weavers Way
N
N
N
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmbjWRu0dSE
Full
Vertical Farming
N
N
N
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3et2L2m4k0
Full
Meatrix
N
Y
N
http://www.themeatrix1.com/
Full

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Pictures from 2008-2009


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PICKING BASEL!

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In the picture above, we are getting/cutting salad mix grown from the ground (duh). To get this perfectly good to sell, we have to get a cool knife that is a flat, long, straight knife that cuts a lot at one time, and cut about halfway off the salad leaves. Then we get clean buckets, and put all the salad leaves in there, then take them to the washing station, where we put the leaves in a tub of water and then put them in a HUGE, orange salad spinner. It is not like the ones at target that you buy that have a little button you push over and over again to make it spin, you have to crank that thing. It is hard to spin, and when it does spin, it shakes a lot so you have to have another person hold the spinner. Did I mention it was HUGE? Then after the washing is done, we bag them at 27 oz each bag. then label the bags and we are done.Bunched_carrots.jpg
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IN THE PICTURE THE CARROTS ARE WASHED AND SAFE TO EAT!


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AREN'T THEY PRETTY?!

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