15 Things I Learned During Service

15. If you’re in a city or a small state, make sure to help out other service members when you can. It’s fun to see what others are doing and what spaces they are working in. You may end up going back with lots of ideas.Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.45.01 AM

14. Kale for help! Get it?  Hahaha! You can always ask your peers for help whether it’s your cohort, other service members, or the people at your service site. You’re not in this alone.Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.45.11 AM

13. When donning your FoodCorps shirt, you automatically become a Food Superhero (like superman with his S).Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.45.19 AM

12. Kids just want to have fun; playing and goofing off with them can show them another side of you and it keeps them smiling.Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.45.26 AM

11. Be the example. Show your students that you eat healthy by eating lunch with them. Show them your lunch and give them a taste if possible.Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.45.33 AM

10. Labels save lives. Labeling what’s in the garden makes it easier for you, teachers, staff, and the kids. That way, they don’t pull out something that’s essential, mistaking it for a weed!Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.45.41 AM

9. Volunteers make the world go round. Whether its Harvest of the Month or helping with garden club, volunteers help make everything go smoother.Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.45.54 AM

8. Work days! These are the ultimate days to get huge tasks done that would have been overwhelming for just a few people.Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.46.01 AM

7. Taste tests are always an experience! (I think this is self explanatory, but in a good way.)Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.46.08 AM

6. You can never have too many resources! Use all the resources you have to your advantage it makes service wayyy easier. Remember, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. (Song by the Banana Slug String Band)Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.46.13 AM

5.  Twine! You can never have enough twine. Its kind of like old bay for a Marylander, we use it for everything!!Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.46.42 AM

4. Plant lots of flowers to attract pollinators.Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.46.47 AM

3. Get creative! Colors and art in the garden make it an inviting and vivid space for all.Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.47.03 AM Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.46.56 AM

2. Let kids  be curious. If a kid wants to try something in the garden, then let them pick it and eat it.Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.47.10 AM

1. Have fun and smile! Because vegetables!Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.47.15 AM