As the group goes into the second week of YAP, we have been discussing the farmers market, invasive plants, and how they effect the environment. For the second week our group went to a Vermont State Park to pull invasive plants like non-native honey suckle, buckthorn, knotweed and wall lettuce. For our first day at the farmers market we took a few things to sell. We had a pretty good day and made a larger profit then I thought we would.
Our group talked about how the environment was effected by invasive plants. When an invasive species like honey suckle and buckthorn starts to grow, they produce a berry that is not nutritious. The invasive plants have a way to disperse seeds over spread out land. Another bad effect that invasives have is that they choke out young saplings and displace native plants. When the native plants stop growing a whole chain reaction happens, just like a food web everything is effected in the end.
When we finished with invasive plant pulling, each person in the group got two free park entry tickets to any Vermont State Park. On Wednesdays we have market but it also is our longest day from 9:30am to 7:00pm . The group has multiple task to perform when market is done like reloading the van, driving back to the center, and putting everything away. The second week everyone all is ready in the swing of things, from doing simple things to hard dirty work. So far I am enjoying all of it from dirty work to crafts.
At first the market was hard, scary, and different than what i usually do: it was a task to open up to the public with a group. Although it was a great experience, it was also very stressful for me, but I overcame it and got threw my day. Setting up the market wasn’t too bad, but sitting there trying to sell the stuff was a bit harder. The moral of the story was that it was a great way to teach me how to be more social and aware of my surroundings while in public. Moving forward i hope to overcome my social fears and reach my goal to become more open and willing to talk and help.
Last week was our first week at the market. We did horribly, and we barely sold anything. We had all kinds of stuff to sell, but it didn’t really sell well at all. No one really liked the crafts we had, or our bread. The reason why I think is because there was a guy right next to us selling bread, and a guy right across from us selling crafts. At the end we made a total of $40.50. It’s a good amount for a start, but next time I am hoping we get $50-$60. Next time we will have other products like blueberry muffins and more jams, and I hope we will be able to make a little bit more money.
Through out the day we pretty much just sat and waited and waited and waited and waited and waited and waited then we packed up and left. The end…
When I started off at Yap I was a bit worried about the weather; it was a gloomy, the rain was drizzling down, and the mist was covering the mountainside. We first started out in the garden,then afterwords we went inside and had lunch. That afternoon we went up to the wood to get trees to make walking sticks. the hike up the hill was really nice (especially the view of the mountainside), and we found quite a few nice trees to make walking stick out of. Once we took down the tree, we started to debark them. By that time it was time to go home. My first day at YAP was really enjoyable.
The senior YAP group started the morning off by mixing up our dough for bread, cleaning up after. While waiting for the bread dough to rise we went out to the garden, to weed and mulch. Senior YAP group also went out and collected saplings to make walking sticks. We also collect various sized sticks to turn into garden stakes. Most everything we collected, made, or even have grown we sell at our farmers market. At the end off the day we generally do tiding up making the center clean and nice for the next day.
To start the bread dough we first must wash our hands, followed by getting out all ingredients that may be needed, including the pans and bowls. When measuring we weigh exact amounts and mix everything together, but while doing so we have a group of people that take turns doing everything. Once everything is mixed the dough is ready to sit and rise. Once the dough has sat we cut the dough into smaller parts, to be shaped for loafs. After that is done it’s ready to go into the oven.the bread while baking smells so amazing!
For collecting saplings we tried to thin out larger groups, or clusters of baby trees so that other organisms have room to survive. When choosing a walking sticks they have to be big enough so that it won’ t snap under pressure and once bark is removed theres still enough wood left for decoration. Just always remember be creative. When gathering diffrent sized sticks for garden markers, the group scouts out ones that are long and good shaped. Once you take back the bark, sand it smooth, write the name of plant or whatever you may need on there, and then tap lightly in to ground and the marker’s good to go.
When the day comes to an end we clean dishes, sweap the floor, do double check of things from the day, and say goodbye see you tomorrow. I enjoy the different work that goes on here and the people that help.
The first week of work was fun. We worked in the garden, took a hike, cut some trees down, made walking sticks, baked some bread, and I got a new pair of boots. Taking a hike and baking the bread was fun because I haven’t done it in a while and I met new people. I wasn’t the only one working in the garden, and with others helping it was easier, we got done a lot quicker witch made that more fun. It was also fun because I was doing pretty much the same things during the school year but this time I’m getting paid.
At first I didn’t want to come here. My mom told me it was here, or nothing. So I came here, and at first I didn’t like it. Then I liked it because it was different from regular school. How? Everything! Instead of sitting in a classroom, getting frustrated and bored and sleepy and fidgety, I am being active in the garden and around the pond and in the woods, learning about stuff as we do it, not just listening.
Some of the things I like here are being in the woods, noticing stuff happen, hands-on learning, a lot of being physical instead of sitting and watching. Some of the things I’ve studied are about the plants and bugs in the garden, tree identification, about macro-invertebrates, tapping maple trees, baking bread, and woodcrafts. You’re learning as you’re doing it. You stop and talk about why certain things do this and other things do that, for example, how beavers build their dams and how they affect roadways and fields.
There’s nothing I dislike about this place. I plan to stay here for future years.