Sunday September 27, 2009
Today some of us volunteered down in Old Sacramento for the Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival. I was supposed to be a stage assistant and help set up the stage in between acts but I never really got to any of that. They needed me to help set up booths and place signs all around the festival. This was the first time I’ve gotten the chance to go down into Old Sacramento and I’m a fan. It’s a bit commercial and tacky but not too overdone.
There were a bunch of different cultural dance groups and a few of us were even able to get a free 45 minute Samba dance lesson. After we left the festival I spent the afternoon cleaning up, taking a nap, getting in some quality swim time, had a delicious chicken picante dinner, did laundry, and watched some fascinating TV on the history of our National Parks.
Saturday September 26, 2009
We had our second day of service today. It was Hands on Sacramento Service Day. We were leading groups of corporate volunteers at the Soil Born Farm. We even put the mayor of Sacramento to work helping to build some walking trails. Soil Born Farms is a non-profit organic farm nestled up to the American River. They donate a large quantity of their harvest to local food banks and are currently in the process of repairing lots of their land to its natural habitat. They are hopeful that they will be able to eventually have hiking trails along the river come right up through the farm where they can educate the people on the positives of organic community farming. It was a great atmosphere around the farm. Hands on Sacramento had music blasting throughout the morning and we had about 200 corporate volunteers helping out with trail building, harvesting, planting tress, and storing vegetables. The occasion also gave us a great opportunity to work on our project management skills. Each of us had about 5-10 people to oversea and work with throughout the day. One difference however was that our Team Members were corporate employees and their small children.
Friday September 25, 2009
I spent the morning learning all about accounting and funds management. For each project the Team Leader is responsible for making sure we are on budget and don’t run out of money. I’ve been told that some projects have had budgets as high as $25,000 in the past. This means that I could very likely be in charge of a very large budget over the course of this next year. It’s pretty cool to realize that I have that responsibility but also a little worrisome. In the afternoon we went out to Soil Born Farms for our orientation because tomorrow we’re going to be leading corporate volunteers in a day of service. We met all the staff and took a tour the of property. After the tour we broke up into teams and learned what about the areas that we were going to be leading. I’ll be spending the morning helping volunteers build a walking path through the property and then help harvest squash.
Thursday September 24, 2009
Today was a day of diversity training. The training session was actually pretty informative and upbeat. I’ll admit some of us were a bit skeptical as we looked around the room and noticed that 90% of us were white and at least 60% male, needless to say not the most diverse group of people. Even the facilitators of the workshop were white. At the end I do believe we got some very useful information out of the workshop.
I realized the other day that I haven’t posted any pictures of our home here so I figured I should put a couple up.
Until next time,
Peace, Love, and Farming,