"I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me." -Psalm 3:5
Each morning we wake and are ready to work at 7am. We are divided into groups of 5 people who have different tasks. Every week our tasks change. One group feeds and takes care of our animals. We have goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. The first week we were here five baby goats were born and one small goat who had been sick died.
Here's a momma goat and her newborn baby.
Me and a baby.
One of the interns, Josh, showed us how to skin a goat. And one of the guys is in the process of making a drum out of the goat skin.
One of the groups takes care of the garden and fish. We have community gardens, three massive fish tanks, a green house and now an urban garden that need to be tended.
Entrance to the gardens
One of the groups makes the breakfast meal overseen by our kitchen manager, Sarah.
The last group does what we call "Appropriate Technology" which involved jobs like building fences and fixing roads.
After labs from 7-8 we eat breakfast. After breakfast we do chores depending on which group we're in we clean bathrooms, showers, dishes, the classroom and take out recycling and compost. At 10am we typically have a 2 hr class. Lunch is at noon followed by free time until another class from 2-4. At 4:30 we have labs again for an hour. Finally we eat dinner. After dinner we have free time. Normally we have Animal Husbandry from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesdays.
The work we do is not usually too difficult. The most physically taxing thing I've done so far is plant a soybean field. My group planted it in the second week we were here and we were physically tired. Getting up at 7 and going straight to work is against many of our normal routines, but it stretches us and teach us the value of hard work.