Once the seeds were planted, the crew brainstormed community goals to achieve throughout the summer. Doron led a discussion about the positive impact accomplishing goals can have on the crew as a whole, as well as each individual's feelings of success. This was then contrasted with the negative consequences that often follow not meeting the goals of each member of the team.
After a lot of contemplation, it was time to loosen up and wake up our bodies with a game of blob tag. The goal of this game was to stay connected to your blob while absorbing stragglers to expand! Great game to start working as a team right off the bat.
Then the crew sat down one more time to discuss a new element of FoodWhat as it becomes a job rather than an internship: time sheets. Doron explained the importance of properly filling out time sheets at any job. Furthermore, he discussed punctuality as a crucial element of demonstrating professionalism.
We ended the discussion with a game of "I have Common Ground" to get to know each other better. This game gave the crew a chance to teach each other about family backgrounds, favorite colors, preferred foods, and hobbies of all kinds. More importantly, it gave the crew members a chance to recognize others they shared interests with.
With the serious business aside and new friendships already forming, it was time to get our hands dirty! The crew broke off into groups to accomplish a variety of tasks. Doron's group trimmed back blackberry bushes and cleared brush to make space for new flower beds.
Working with Abby, other members of the crew prepared beds by flipping the soil, adding compost, and raking the bed flat.
Working in the flower beds with Nellie (one of the summer interns) and Kayla (one of our Junior staff), the crew forked three flower beds, removed any bulbs they found to be planted later on, added compost, and raked the beds out evenly.
After a long day of work, lessons on professionalism, and positive thinking for the rest of the summer, the crew ended the day with laughter and relaxation as they stretched and practiced strength exercises with Fa Jun, our guest instructor. These practices left the crew with knowledge about mental and physical health as well as some secrets of the moves of Bruce Lee to enjoy for the rest of the day.