Wednesday, August 19th– EO Group A
Last Friday marked Jada’s last day working at the farm. It was her fifth season.
When Jada started with us, she was only 17. Quiet, and super shy, she started working as a worker share. She brokered a deal with her parents, CSA members, that she would work for the family’s food and they would pay her cash for her work.
We loved Jada immediately. She is easy-going and super sweet. A high-school (and then college) cross-country runner, she has the stamina to make it through long days.
For two seasons, Jada was at the farm as a worker share. Her second season here, we began to ask her if she wanted to work additional hours in the field as an employee. And she did.
The next season, Jada came on as one of our full-time crew members during the high summer months and began to manage the worker share crew from June through August. This became her primary role here at the farm. She excelled at it. She is excellent at striding the fine line of encouraging a volunteer worker to move quickly, without pushing them so much they decide they hate working in the fields.
Jada has picked thousands, maybe millions of green beans in her five years here. She always works hard, never complains.
At the age of 22, Jada is now off to Ohio to intern as an environmental educator at a children’s outdoor camp.
I feel so fortunate we got to witness her transition from a teenager to adult. She’s really come into her own over the years. We said goodbye to a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. She’s super smart, kind and hard-working, so I have no doubt she will do well wherever she goes.
We want to thank her for all 5 summers of hard work she put in here at the farm and wish her all the best of luck as she moves forward in life! We will miss you! Cheers, Jada.
Cassie, Mike, kiddos and crew