For my last day, my time mostly consisted of creating 15- 20 posters to describe the featured food; labeling their prices and listing where they came from. This took up most of my time since I wanted to make each sign perfect :). The store was pretty slow, we did not get that many customers, but I helped at the cash register when they were ready to buy. I took the signs that I made and put them up around the store and replaced the old ones. When I was done with my posters, I had to organize all of the banners in the file cabinet, and cleaned the signs that were dirty. This took up most of the day, so when I was done, I polished and cleaned apples for people to eat. It was nice to be doing stuff other than bagging cherries.
Today we had two sets of field trips come in from Pennekamp Elementary school. It was pretty mellow; my mentor covered the importance of California’s drought and the demand for fruit, she then talked about the most popular fruits and vegetables, and gave the children free samples. When this was done, I had to do a lot of restocking and labeling because a shipment had come in that morning.
Since it was a pretty slow day, I didn’t really have to do much after the field trips; I went back to doing my ABC’s (always bagging cherries). After work, I stopped by Vistamar to do my Senior Checklist, which was a lot of fun 🙂
Blogging has been really tough since I barely have had any access to internet and wifi; so I will be going over the last few weeks in the form of a very long blog post using the notes that I have gathered.
Week 1: I talked about my stay at the Organic farm in Carpenteria and how it failed to address my mission for the Senior Project. Shortly after, I started working at GROW, a local produce and was introduced to all of the staff. My first two days working there consisted of learning about the duties that everyone holds in the shop. I was introduced to the concept of ABC which means always bagging cherries. At Grow, the spring/summer months are the busiest times of the year and it is all because of the cherries. The cherries are what started Grow as a business; my mentor, Kathy’s husband is a cherry manufacture and distributer. He helps hand select the best possible fruit for the customers. Since there was such a high demand for cherries, it was decided that high quality fruits and vegetables was going to become a business. Many customers come in seasonally, but since the cherries are so delicious, it has helped the spread the word of Grow. So for the first few days I manned the front of the store, working at the register, and bagging cherries.
Week 2: Grandview Elementary school’s 3rd grade class was to have a field trip at Grow for each day of the week. I helped set up the process and assisted my mentor while she showed the kids around the market and talked about the importance of eating local. The kids seemed to enjoy the field trip for they got to try a bunch of yummy fruit and walk into the freezer. Each day was a surprise because it was spirit week at Grandview; the first day, it was pajama day, then it was “who is your favorite musician” day. The field trips took up most of my time. When there wasn’t a field trip, I helped organize and label the wine selection, clean vegetables/fruit, create banners for food, distributing the food, working with deliveries, and working at the cash register. I learned many interesting facts from my co-workers, such as that, if organic food touches conventional food it becomes contaminated and thus becomes conventional. Therefore, organic foods can never touch conventional foods while in the market. I also learned that in this business, the details regarding where your food comes from is the top priority. Grow runs their business on the trust that they will bring both sustainable and organic foods to the city.
More to come 🙂
For the first week of my senior project, I planned to spend a week on an organic farm based in Carpenteria. However, after about 3 days, I decided to leave because the trip had failed to address my mission for my Senior project.
My senior project is on learning about organic food and incorporating it into business. Upon entrance, the property was quite beautiful, on top of the hill lay a gigantic italian villa mansion with a large barn at the bottom of the road. I was approached by an Indian man named Sebastian who hailed from Belgium. He was the right hand man on the farm, and had been living there for about six months. He showed me around the property, my living quarters was off to the side, it was a green toolshed big enough to fit a twin bed and a chair. The mansion was the property of the Beekeeper’s parents, and the Beekeeper lived in a trailer near the barn with his wife and infant. The conditions did not bug me and I was happy to learn about farming and beekeeping.
However, within the next few days I discovered that my supervisor did not need me, other than babysitting his child, cooking, and cleaning. I had joined this program to learn about growing food sustainably and using it to also for business purposes. Once I had become knowledgeable of my required task on the farm, I decided that it was no longer relevant to have my senior project based on this farm.
I went home, and started working at Grow, the local organic produce; a few days earlier than I had planned. At Grow I have been able to learn the significance of where, when, and how each food substance was made.
The first two days of working at Grow, I learned about the duties each person held and how to keep a grocery store running.
More details coming soon!