Last Saturday, Team Leader Kate and I helped lead a group volunteering with Farmer Joe at J-14 Enterprises, an organic farm just outside of Kansas City, KS. YVCKC has enjoyed working service projects with J-14 for years, and last weekend proved just as awesome. Despite the cold and rainy weather, about ten youth volunteers showed up for the project, and to kick things off we all sat and listened as Joe Jennings, the owner of J-14, advised us on the value of hard work, earnest care for the land, and personal responsibility.
After Joe's introduction, we spent a lot of time doing various jobs around the farm, including clearing weeds from around a grove of peach trees:
and picking jalapeno peppers:
At one point, Saomana and Tre'von decided to take a break from picking the peppers and try one. This was probably a bad idea.
We also helped clean out an old rabbit hutch, and a couple of the volunteers even got to pick some mustard greens that Joe donated to some families in need later that day.
It started to mist a little around 11:30, so we all met under a makeshift pavilion and discussed the difference between genetically modified foods and organic foods, and how Joe's farm helps the local community.
As we got ready to leave, Farmer Joe sent us home with signed certificates officially labeling us as "farm laborers." He expressed his sincere thanks over and over again, and invited us to come back again. Let's hope for another J-14 project soon!
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