“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
On January 15th, we joined other organizations and opened our farm to a force of over 50 people committed to positive social change on our 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service is a way for organizations, groups of people, and individuals to gather and honor Dr. King’s legacy and the empowering voice he gave to communities on the front lines of oppression – “a day ON, not a day off.”
Together, we spread out in small groups over the farm to complete needed projects. Some people engaged in maintenance and beautification of our front hoop house, some built up and mulched our Unity Garden for the upcoming season’s educational endeavors, and others took photos and documented the day. Over a short span of three hours, we were able to accomplish the following tasks in our efforts to grow food in community, for community, this season.
– Weeding, cleaning, and mulching of our green house
– Organizing tools and pots in our potting shed
– Potting up strawberries for the spring
– Weeding the blueberry beds and other production spaces around the farm
– Maintenance of flower beds
– Pruning of perennials
– Mulching, pruning, and weeding in our Unity Garden, an educational space we share with our community
– General tidying and cleaning around the farm to get ready for a productive season!
In our closing circle, we shared thoughts, reflections, and quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders in social justice. One community member lifted up the Letter From Birmingham Jail as a crucial and arresting piece from Dr. King. Another shared the inspiration sparked from seeing a mass of people who dedicated a morning to service work. It was an important time to hold space together to set intentions for community work and think critically about what still must be done in our collective efforts towards furthering food, health, and social justice in our communities.
Thank you, all, for lending a hand, picking up a tool, and helping to bend a bit of our local arc towards justice.