I assisted with cleanup at the Dumbarton Oaks forest in Georgetown. My primary responsibility was to cut down bamboo, which is an invasive species in the park. The large amount of bamboo in the forest affect the native plants species adversely, which is why it was necessary to take down. It was a beautiful day and great experience helping out!
Loved helping track composting and working with other volunteers
On October 1st I attended my first three hours of service with D.C. Central Kitchen
(DCCK), an organization that transforms 3,000 pounds of leftover, unwanted food into 5,000 healthy meals. Their staff delivers these meals to 88 partner agencies around the DMV area, including homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, and afterschool programs. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to assist the staff at DCCK in working two fold to reduce food waste and combat food insecurity, both of which relate to the course concepts and sustainability of food/food systems.
Having had little experience working in kitchens at all, I had little to compare my experience at DCCK to besides my own home cooking. Despite this, I found the bustle of the kitchen to be engaging and captivating. I had a chance to work with multiple chefs on a variety of dishes, mostly working on meal prepping and cleaning with other volunteers and trainees. Each person I talked to, despite being a diverse kitchen by way of ethnicity, age, and gender, shared at the least a passion and love for food. I look forward to my next shift at DCCK.