Hello! My Name is Laura Johnson, and I am spending my summer evading the obligations of formal education and diving into the more practical classroom of hands-on. My good friend Caroline and I had a string of small things that brought us to come to the decision to "WWOOF" this summer. I had a desire to come out to the Northwest and it all worked out for us to be here at Songaia for the next two(ish) months.
All in all this summer has been so busy and so non-stop and so amazing. Week One was a blur. We met so many people in such a short time, I’d say it was overwhelming, but the excitement was too high.
So, the first week was fast, humbling and over sooner than when we realized that it had started. Not knowing the community permitted us to observe the way everyone interacted in the most sociological way that two engineers will ever have. It is still mind-blowing to me how so many diverse people live together so closely and make it work.
In the garden that week, there was a lot of weeding as well as planting and getting beds together. A majority of that time was also just trying to figure out the rhythm of this community and our place in it. I knew that we didn’t have much garden work experience so this was the part that I was nervous for! In school it is common to not know anything and study from a textbook, but here you just have to keep asking and doing in order to learn.
Oh, well, I also learned about bind weed.