Community Garden & Dudley Farm

The one thing I have learned the most on this trip was how to effectively make a change in a community. Amizade's plan, Sustainable Williamson, is about creating a community garden which can be used to teach the locals how to grow crops so that they can eat healthier. This in turn will help to fix the obesity and diabetes issues, which are very serious issues in Williamson, by having the locals eat their naturally grown food instead of fast food or junk foods. The garden is currently in the final stages of being built and some of the locals have already started to plant ...

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Man, WV Raised Bed Garden Project

We arrived to an elementary school in Mann, West Virginia through an intense drive sandwiched between the oncoming traffic and the guard rail protecting us from the river.  The task was simple, build four raised garden beds, and use the riverbed dirt to fill them on the elementary school property. What we found was that wasn't exactly easy. The rocky, rooty terrain by the river made excavating the dirt extremely difficult. We tried shovels, pick axes, rakes and crowbars. What was more was that when we filled the wheelbarrow with dirt, the steep hillside between ...

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Man, WV Project & Dudley Farm

During our service trip to West Virginia, each for us have learned some new tricks, tips, and ways to think about situations. I learned new technical skills, which I think will help out a lot when it comes to owning my first house, or when help out in a community I may volunteer in the future. We learned how to assemble raised beds to help grow vegetables and flowers in Man, WV at an elementary school.  The new garden we built gives the school a more welcoming feeling, and will teach children and even staff, how to plant and grow food in their own backyards.  ...

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Williamson Community Garden & Dudley Farm

The first day we were in Williamson, West Virginia we went to the Williamson Community Gardens. There we learned new skills such as taking care of the raised bed gardens by tilling the dirt and adding manure to make the soil richer. We also learned how to repair the high tunnels that were damaged due to the rough winter weather. The high tunnels are a very important aspect for the community because it allows the community members to grow crops all year long. The high tunnels are constructed out of PVC pipe and then covered with plastic. That plastic allows heat to stay ...

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Williamson Community Gardens – Day 1

Today started out with a chill in the air and a bit of fog. However, the day brought us plenty of work and many new friends.  The Garden sustained a lot of damage over the winter due to snow and ice which destroyed the high tunnel greenhouses. We worked with staff from Sustainable Williamson and a local farmer named Doug Dudley to repair the high tunnels and to prepare to raised bed gardens for spring planting. Follow us on Twitter at @ServiceAtBecker for more details and picture of our first day.

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What does Social Responsibility mean to the Blue Crew II Team?

There are 7 billion people on this planet. With that, every single day, life has the ability to be created and ended at the exact same time. That's 7 billion people who have the chance to do something good, not just for humans, but, for the world at large. Social responsibility is the kindling that creates the fire of passion, and passion is what drives us to keep living. Without a good deed done by ourselves or someone else to us, our fires would be gone. And while that means the Earth has 7 billion chances at one moment (for there are lives created and lost for as long as humans exist), each of us only have 1 chance to do something. 1 chance to dedicate our lives to our passion. 1 chance to impact this earth, for better or worse before we leave it.

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