Today was the first official work day! We have a really great group of 18 teens getting paid to work on the farm this summer, and we will have some volunteers trickling in as well (Today we had LACS students Jintana and Francesca, our youngest farmers). We started off by introducing ourselves and then played a couple of games to get to know each other better. The first game we played was a sort of musical chairs. Instead of being "out", the person who gets caught without a seat must say something about themselves. Anyone else for whom the statement is also true must then stand up and move to another seat. Next, we played "Two Truths and a Lie", where one person tells two truths and a lie about themselves and others must guess which is the lie.
Next, Ann gave a history of Three Swallows Farm leading up to it being a youth-run farm today. Dan then gave a timeline of this growing season and described all of the hard work it has taken to get the gardens to where they are now. After a quick tour of the farm and a popsicle treat, it was time to get our hands dirty!
As we darrive at the farm, we all saw that the garden was full with lots of lush, green plants. Unfortunately, not much of what we were looking at were actually crops. Today, we set out to change this and were successful in weeding three whole rows in one 100° afternoon! This is a testament to how hard-working and motivated our group is.