Are you interested in being impressed with the high quality work that the young people in our program can accomplish? Then read on, because this blog post will contain information about lots of different ways to see and experience the great work LEAF is doing.
For the spring crews, preparing beds has become the staple farm task during work sessions. At LEAF, we like to make sure that everyone knows why what they’re doing is meaningful. Preparing beds, following each step meticulously and making sure all of the measurements are correct, can mean a lot for the vitality of a plant that will be in that bed for months. Whatever is raised in that bed may then go on to a preschool or a restaurant, or maybe in a LEAF kit. LEAF youth know that the work they do matters, even when it can mean shoveling and raking for hours! The spring crew has been able to develop their bed prep skills incredibly over the past few weeks, focusing on excellence and efficiency each time. It’s been impressive to watch them grow in such a short amount of time!
In addition to work sessions and time in the field, our Leadership Series, happening every Sunday afternoon for six weeks, has focused on developing concrete skills needed to lead a group. We’ve talked about creating culture in a group, and how “leadership” isn’t just for the person in charge, but can happen at every level of a team or organization. This past weekend, Shane (resident Games Master), led three different activities, and prompted the youth to think about how each one could be used to benefit a team. LEAF uses games and initiatives to get youth warmed up before a challenging farm task, or to refocus the group’s energy, or to loosen up after an intense workshop.
Over the next few weeks, our Leadership Series will focus on understanding different leadership styles, and how each youth can find their own brand of leadership. And, of course, we’ll be preparing more beds!
Now for the exciting announcements about getting some LEAF products to you! This week, the LEAF Store has been launched on our website! We’re hoping that this will streamline the process for those who want to buy our LEAF Kits or our Produce Share. Also, sign ups for those items are NOW LIVE! You can sign up to receive LEAF produce, partner farm products, and LEAF Kits for all sessions. As the season continues, and LEAF has preserves and other items in stock, we’ll add those to our website as well. If you’d rather pay by check/in person/through another method for your items, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But wait, there’s more! Tickets for Savor are now available on our website too! The event will be August 5th, and include new features like a VIP hour, and even more delicious and innovate dishes than in years past! If you’re interested in having a night full of delicious food, incredible farmers, and expert chefs, all while listening to music and hearing from youth who have worked hard all summer to develop the land and themselves - you should probably get your ticket now!