July 5th 2014
When the topic of community service was mentioned I wondered how I would fulfill that requirement. The first opportunity came only days after returning from Orientation. It was for the Notah Begay Foundation through the clinic in White Eagle on June 14th This foundation seeks to increase awareness of healthy living and prevention of all too common but preventable diseases. The Ag dept brought miniature horses a miniature highland calf as well as two pigs that were recently donated to the program. We answered questions of those who came by and helped in setting up as well as cleaning up.. It was a small event but attendance was good. Healthy living isn’t just a concern for Native America it is a concern for all of us. It’s easy and sometimes more convenient to make the wrong choices in how we eat and care for ourselves. Yet there are little things we can do. Some examples are moving around more and choosing to eat well balanced and proportioned foods.
My second set of hours was spent on the farm on July 4th. Instead of working in the garden, I helped in other areas. I assisted in wiring the chicken house, and worked with the animals. Among the work I did was watering the Sow and laying straw down for her when the time to deliver comes. I also worked around the house cleaning. I volunteered my time at the farm because of what the Ag program and Amos has striven to do since it was created three years ago. I notice since working on the farm, though I am tired at the end of the day, I have more strength and endurance. When I run to turn off the water,. I’m not of breath. I also move with more ease and speed. As I mentioned in my last blog, farm life fosters a healthy lifestyle. I wanted to give some of my time towards this program. Not just for all it’s achieved but also what it has given me. I wanted to give a little of that back. This program, has a reach further than Oklahoma. It has effected and helped so many people. Including myself. I only wish more could experience this way of life. It’s not always easy, but it’s a good and honest way. I finished my hours in helping to deliver the piglets on the evening July 11th. 6 babies born total. Though at the time this blog is being completed only 5 remain living. So far they are active thriving and mischievous. I continue to volunteer my time on the weekends around the farm in any capacity I am needed or able. This internship continues to teach and test in wonderful ways.