Last Tuesday the “Food Justice and Poverty in Charm City” Alternative Spring Break participants were able to put in some volunteer hours at BJP and enjoy some beautiful weather. Between turning compost, hauling buckets and wheelbarrows of topsoil, and spreading compost on top of the raised beds, the volunteers got a great bicep/tricep workout!
The volunteers also put together shelves for the tool
shed and rat-proofed the compost pile by nailing chicken wire to a wooden pallet for the bottom of the compost area.
Although jokes were made about the hard physical work, the students enjoyed volunteering outside as part of the project instead of being stuck inside the classroom. We got some great group pictures in our “Breaking in Baltimore” t-shirts and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the garden as well.
During the rest of the week, the participants volunteered at Movable Feast, D.C.
Central Kitchen, Real Food Farm, and Baltimore Free Farm. They also viewed food documentaries, heard speakers from the Center for a Livable Future and School of Public Health, and viewed films through the D.C. Environmental Film Festival. We really delved into the issue of food justice, and BJP was a great way to introduce students to sustainable food efforts happening right here on our own campus! We hope to see many of the students again at the garden and they will definitely be spreading the good word about BJP to their friends and peers.
Thanks again to the BJP organizers for providing a great volunteer opportunity
and working with us to make a great alternative spring break possible for these