Get Your Boots and Gloves Out, the We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn is Having a Workday, Followed by a Picnic

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Paul Quinn Farm

The Dallas chapter of the Slow Food Movement and Greenling are getting together to host a workday at the "We Over Me Farm" at Paul Quinn College this Saturday. Several years ago the college transformed its football field into a massive garden. Farm manager Andrea Bithell squeezes as much as she can out of the space, tilling and toiling to the farthest reaches of land that is bordered by thick woods. With rows of greens, boxes of fresh herbs, watermelon patches and beehives, this is a very busy farm.

Each semester students help at the farm through a work-study program. We met a few of them last year and it's hard not to get caught up in their stories. Digging in the dirt is therapeutic work, "It takes my mind off of things. It's relaxing. I like to get my hands in the dirt," said Quinnite Benito Vidaure when we spoke last year. A lot of the produce is used in the school cafeteria and some of it is sold to the local community, which is considered to be in a food desert.

Liz Goulding with Slow Food has confirmed that the workday is still on despite the recent rains. Wear boots. Big old ones that you won't mind having covered in mud. Goulding said there are a lot of weeds that need to be picked and mulch that needs to be spread.

The workday starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 12:30, at which time there will be a potluck picnic. You can RSVP here.

Goulding also said there are some greens ready to harvest if people would like to purchase some.


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6 comments
primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I thought the students were charged with tending the garden. This does not bode well for this project.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

oh, you have to RSVP via Facebook........Kergie out. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

And to add insult to mission failure, they even want the volunteers to pay for the greens they may wish to pick. So how many students and unaffiliated volunteers showed up? And I still have no idea where to purchase their produce.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@danielslauren

Sorry, I saw Facebook, and I had to run into the woods to get my soul back..........on the verge of a long Kergie rant when I hear FB; a rant that smacks of loneliness,  isolation and middle age fatness. The problem these days is people refuse to age gracefully, to be beautiful-to encompass a wholeness that comes with the joy and wisdom of age..........NO, everything these days HAS TO BE KICKASS! 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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