Coming into this job, I had no idea what to expect for the summer. I had gotten hired and accepted the job because I really wanted a job during the summer. Not only this, but I did not want to stay home doing nothing. However, I thought that the job would do more things inside the clinic such as helping or watching the nurses. Come to find out that was not what we were going to do.
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This summer was very fun and eventful, especially because I had worked with Maura at the Bowdoin Street Health Center. We performed tasks that included passing out flyers, helpiing at food pantries, assistance at Farmers Markets, and acting silly in costumes. It was fun for two reasons, one being that I got to hang out with people I know, and I got to do a job that meant something to me. I would love to do it again.
As a youth intern at the Bowdoin Street Health Center, I was given the opportunity to go to a farm just outside the city. A few other kids and I, along with our supervisors Maura & Jen, went to Powisset Farm in Dover. Powisset Farm grows vegetables and fruits and also raises chickens and pigs. Some of the things grown at the farm grew in the ground while some grew above and others grew on stems.
Working at the Bowdoin Street Health Center as a youth intern, I have realized how much more my job offers to the community. As a youth intern it is my job to go out to the community and take orders from the corners stores on Bowdoin St. and Geneva Ave. You’re probably thinking right now “Oh that’s an easy job”, but I can guarantee you there is more to the job. The job is about expanding healthy food within the community. Now what does that mean? It means that as an intern it is my job to get orders from the stores and make sure I deliver it to them also. Not only this, but make sure that the store owners are satisfied with what they have bought. You don’t want to give them the wrong order or rotten things because it would be a bad reputation to the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market. We want to keep our consumers happy and satisfied.
Now under the title of “Farm-to-Biz” for the first time this year, corner stores, restaurants, and other food retailers serving the Bowdoin Geneva and Uphams Corner neighborhoods will have the opportunity to participate in an innovative effort to make farm-fresh, local produce available to Dorchester residents not just on market day, but every day all season long!
Last year’s farm-to-store pilot program delivered fresh fruits and vegetables to four Bowdoin Geneva corner stores. In 2012, with the help of our partner farmers at the Trustees of Reservations and Heavens Harvest Organic Farm, we’ll be expanding upon this exciting model! Continue reading »