Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Internship 2014: Week Two






This week, we started off with an icebreaker called "Elbow to Elbow." We teamed up with a partner and touched elbows (or heels, fists, shoulders, etc.), and Doron asked us a question (for example, "If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?"). We told our partner our answer to his question. Then, we switched partners and did it all over again.

After our icebreaker, we grabbed the plants that we harvested last week and started making our salve! We broke the plants into small pieces, put them in a jar, poured some olive oil into the jar and mixed it all up. We put the jar into a pot of water (double boiler) and heated, so the plants could release their healing properties into the oil. We then strained the oil, added bees wax and poured it into tiny containers so that we could all have our own personal salve.


After we made our salve, we got our hands dirty by flipping beds. This was a multi-step process. We first skimmed out the cover crops from the beds and added them to cooking compost piles. Then, we forked the beds to break up the soil underneath the surface and added compost so that our vegetables have lots of good nutrients to help them grow. After that, we raked out the bed and planted seeds. Some of us planted carrots, and others planted radishes, peas and spinach (yum!). It was a long process, but it was fun, and hopefully we will have fresh veggies soon!


Then, we played Fast Food Jeopardy, where Doron asked us different questions relating to health, nutrition, farming, sanitation, and money. He split us up into two teams and started asking us questions related to these themes. Each question he asked had different amount of points associated with the question, and each team had a chance to answer at least one question before the next team was able to go. Not only were the answers to these questions really interesting, but we learned a lot and had a lot of fun playing.


After our game, we made veggie quesadillas! We took vegetables from the garden- like onions, carrots, broccoli, lettuce, and other veggies- and diced them into little pieces and cooked them up. We then got to make our own quesadillas, piled with the veggies inside. A lot of us had never  had a veggie quesadilla before. They were so yummy!



We ended the day with triumphs, where we each said one thing that we felt triumphant for during the day. This was an amazing FoodWhat second week, and we can't wait to see what happens next!

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