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.