|Joanne, photo by Melinda|
So, one might ask, how and why did I end up taking the Red Hill Farm Education-Coordinator position?
I loved my previous job: working in women's health had always been my dream. But after sixteen years and many difficult life events, I started thinking that I wanted to work in the community where I live and try to make a difference there in people's lives. I am passionate about "health promotion and disease prevention," especially the importance of good nutrition and the prevention of childhood obesity.
Angela Kidder, our Farm Manager, mentioned that the Sisters wanted to get back to one of the core missions of the Farm, "education." To make a long story short (as I usually do), I quit my job and here I am!
Part of my charge is planning events and programs for our CSA members and community. I also want to build on the existing farm tour and develop at least two further age-appropriate tours. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining a "working committee" to plan the two tours. Now please don't be frightened by the term "working!" I will do the leg-work for support materials, contacts, or other things that need to be done during the working day. Ideally, we'd have a group working on each topic of the tour: e.g., bees, soil health, compost tea, weeds, etc. I'd like to have our first meeting at the beginning of February.
It is also very important to the Sisters, to Angela, and to me to develop relationships with local schools, including Drexel Neumann Academy (see here). I will be planning interactive lectures to take into the schools, in turn supporting them with tours of the Farm.
The most important part of this plan is to include as many members of the community as possible: school students and teachers, dietitians, clinicians, farmers, Sisters, and of course, YOU, the CSA members! You can call me at 610-558-5396; or email at Jrosenbaum@osfphila.org. Looking forward to seeing you all again!"