Every morning waking up at Blair Grocery was the beginning of a well choreographed routine. To the repetitive melody of “Love on Top” our crew of 15 would groggily get up, get dressed, and start our daily routine. Working in unison to feed the goats, feed ourselves, walk the dogs, wash the dishes, the days seemed to float on by. The amount of work that we had daily seemed miniscule and almost enjoyable, with everyone working together and having each other’s back. We got into a rhythm that was fun and friendly and I came to love everyone that I was working with. But that was just during the day. When we weren’t shoveling goat poop or harvesting and sorting arugula, we would have these workshops that would unite us even further. We’d have intellectual debates on food justice, social justice, sustainability, even ourselves and I’d go to sleep with my head buzzing and fully active. By the end of the trip I was energized and ready to be more sustainable back home. The trip really changed the way that I looked at the world around me, and what makes it work the way that it does. What factors that we don’t even see play into our daily lives. I left New Orleans feeling like I could make a difference. I knew what we were facing, and I knew it wasn’t something that could be solved by just fixing one thing. It requires vertical thinking, the knowledge that it’s not cause and effect but multiple causes creating each effect. We can’t stop every single cause, but anything that we did on the farm and will do back in New York to create a more sustainable environment is a step in the right direction.
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