Friday, July 12, 2013

Bicycle Delivery!

Every year FoodWhat teams up with People Power, a local bicycle advocacy organization, to include a morning of biking into the work day. We met up bright and early at the Homeless Garden Project Farm to kick the day off. As we arrived, everyone searched through the dozen bikes People Power brought over to find a bike that fit each of our heights. Tawn from People Power helped us find helmets that fit us and taught us how to wear them properly to protect our skulls and faces. Situated safely on our bikes, Tan taught us the hand motions to let cars know when we're turning right, left, or stopping.


With these safety skills under our belts, Tawn led the group as we headed across town to Yellow Wall Farm to help them out with some work and pick up a delivery. To make the delivery, Eddie braved towing the delivery cart throughout the ride over.

 

 After a successful ride to the farm, we arrived to meet Allen and Judy, the owners of the farm. This couple farms in their backyard to sell a huge variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs to grocery stores and at their farm stand at the end of summer. Jesse, a FoodWhat intern this past spring, recently joined this family farm as the newest crew member!  


Jesse showed us the ropes in the time that we spent at Yellow Wall Farm. He directed us on harvesting Dino Kale - showing us which leafs to discard and how to bundle it properly. While some harvested , others icked up fallen apples in the orchard and weeded the beds of lettuce.

 

With the work finished and the kale in boxes, we loaded up Eddie's delivery cart and made our way to the next destination: the West Side New Leaf. We biked over, and successfully made the delivery with the kale still in its perfect bundles. After the delivery, we kept the bike ride going motivated by food as we rode back to the Homeless Garden Project Farm to get some grub and finish up the rest of the day's work. 

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