For my last two internships I completed my community service hours at the Red Willow Farm at Taos Pueblo. I also used some of my hours at the Taos Day School, located at Taos Pueblo, helping the eighth grade and kindergarten class. I absolutely loved doing work at the farm because it allowed me to be outside and close to nature. It also allowed me to see and work with a pretty successful food system. I liked working at the Taos Day School, and I say liked not loved because I learned that kids can be very exhausting, it taught me a lot about patience and I was able to get to know the youth in my community.
As much as I would have liked to devote my time to the Red Willow Farm and the Taos day School, I wanted to experience something new; unfortunately that didn’t quite happen. For my ten hours of community service, I spent it at another winter market and at the Taos County Economic Development Corp.
The Taos Winter Market was started by a client of TCEDC in the hopes that it will help farmers and vendors out until the farmers market in May. The market was held in the Guadalupe Church gymnasium in the Town of Taos every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. The first day of the market was on January 31, 2015 and featured most vendors from summer farmers market. The directors of TCEDC, Terrie Bad-Hand and Pati Martinson, were afraid I would use up too many hours at this Saturday market so I used half of the hours I spent there as community service. It was a very fun market, however the sales I was making didn’t offset how much I was spending to be set up at the Saturday market so didn’t continue to attend. I already had the market on Tuesdays and Thursday and that was enough market time for me. As my apprenticeship was coming to an end I decided to use the rest of my community service hours at TCEDC because I just wasn’t ready to leave yet and had some work to finish up.