My Community Service Hours, By Paul Magedson

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For my community service hours, I went to the Good Earth Organic Farm in Celeste, TX owned by Paul Magedson. It is a certified organic farm that prides itself on not using “extensive herbicide and pesticide use[d] by intensive conventional agriculture” (Andreatta 2000 p.40). Paul’s farm grows and sells organic produce such as cucumbers, strawberries, okra, kale, and tomatoes. He sells grass-fed lamb from the sheep has raises on his farm and he also has chickens. To complete my hours, I went on two trips to the farm. Our first task was to pick okra and I instantly realized why farmers are known to have tough hands. As a half hour into picking okra I had two large blisters on both my thumbs. After picking the okra we weeded the tomato garden. This is where I began to understand just how hard farming is, since weeding in the hot Texas is tiring. Once we were done weeding, Paul served us lunch of a fruit smoothie and kale salad. Once we got our lunch we all sat on his porch and discussed how Paul started farming and his views on industrialized food. Paul began farming because of his ex-wife, which I think made him regret farming as he talked about if he knew how hard farming was he would not have started his own farm business. However, he did have a passion for growing organic food as he believed the reason we are getting cancer is because of all the chemical in our food. After lunch was done he took us to see sheep and I was amazed at how many of them there were. We learned

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