My first week at Songaia has passed without a hitch! I feel comfortable and happy, and I haven’t stopped learning things since I got here. Trying to remember names has been the hardest, but I’m positive I’ll know everyone’s name here soon enough.
Within the first 24 hours, Jacob (an intern who got here a day after me) and I ate probably around 5 community meals! And it was really good food.
On our first day of work, Jacob and I teamed up with Tom and his daughter and we dismantled the Compost bins, which were starting to rot. Tom had designed them to be easy to take apart and put back together because he knew they would rot. But even though it was simple to dismantle and put back together, it doesn’t mean we didn’t have our work cut out for us. Overall, it took us 2 days to dismantle and rebuild the compost bins.
On our final day of the work week, we teamed up with Miguel and Laura, and we planted potatoes. Miguel and I cleared the bed of weeds, and we all amended the beds and planted the baby potatoes. I can’t wait to chow down on those!
On our third day, we took sod from a path that was being made and piled it on a row of lawn clippings and tree branches. This is called Hugelkultur, and it’s like compost that you don’t have to move to your beds, because it turns into a bed itself.
Overall, my first week feels like it has flown by, and that I’ve been here for a very long time. I feel welcome and happy, and my brain hasn’t ceased to be worked!
Thanks for a great first week!