Though summer officially starts on Tuesday, our summer crew has a week of work under their belts. Sergio (rising 10th grader at SciTech), TyQyan (rising 9th graders at Bishop McDevitt) and Cameron (rising junior at McDevitt)
started last Thursday and have already been a great asset to the farm. They are working about 25 hours a week, helping with all aspects of the farm–planting, weeding, harvesting, and assisting customers at our farm stands. They join an amazing group of volunteers and interns:
- Josh (full time volunteer at Joshua Group, assisting with after school tutoring, GED tutoring, Hope in Handball, food bank, and many other things; getting married in July to his lovely fiance Micalagh, fond of flowers, protector of the lettuce, and not yet allergic to poison ivy)
- Roanna (full time summer intern at the farm, recent graduate of Messiah College where she studied dietetics, farm girl from Mt. Joy, off to Bolivia for two weeks again this summer, then on to West Virginia for graduate school, the cheerful face you’ll see at the farm stand, competent Spanish speaker, and chef extraordinaire)
- Tom (Americorps intern at Joshua Group for the summer, native of Carlisle, music maker, off to Eastern College in the fall, would rather be barefoot)
- Beth (faithful volunteer, 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with majors in urban studies and sociology, builder of Joshua Farm’s chicken tractor, foster parent to seeing eye puppies, lover of great music, queen of quirky tan lines)
- Masako (faithful volunteer, rising senior at Wheaton College, native of Dillsburg, weed warrior, passionate about food access issues)
Roanna will be working with the students each Friday to prepare lunch for the farm crew. Today’s menu was Three Pea Stir Fry over Rice and Bok Choy Quiche. Nothing warms my heart like hearing teenagers ask for seconds of vegetables!