This week, we had the field team come and help us over at Adams National Historical Park. While they were here, we worked on mowing the hay field and stacking the hay into a dumpster. Laxmi and I also had the opportunity to show some of the field team members how to trans-plant the flowers from the greenhouse into the formal garden. Every morning this week, Laxmi and I did our usual morning routine maintenance and when the field team arrived at 8:00, we joined them for the rest of the day.
For the first day, we went over the safety rules and Bob showed us how to use the sickle bar mower and how the process of cutting the hay would look like. First we would cut down the hay using either the scythe or the sickle bar mower. Then, we raked the hay into rows with the hay rakes and stacked them into huge piles. Finally, we loaded the hay into the dumpster using pitch forks and wooden sticks.
I truly enjoyed working with the field team this week. They are extremely enthusiastic, energetic, and hardworking. I feel like I’ve gotten to know them much better through hosting them this week. My highlight of the week was teaching some of the field team members how to plant in the garden with Laxmi. I was really glad to hear that they enjoyed it just as much as I did. I also enjoyed the teach-back that Liam, Hulda, and Nicole presented. Overall, I really felt grateful to everyone who made this week so amazing and fun, and I can’t wait to work with the field team again!