Every semester Yahya is required to fulfill 10 hrs. of environmental community service for a total of 20 hrs. per year. I recently discovered a wonderful resource that connects volunteers with community organizations needing help. So, yesterday he and I ventured out to an Urban community farm garden, Tricycle Gardens, in another part of town in order to lend a hand as well as begin to accumulate service hours.
Well I thought the work would be simply watering plants, weeding, working with the compost etc. No way. We were in for a huge surprise when we found that we would be preparing a recently acquired vacant lot to planting by hand! That means instead of using a tractor or even a tiller, the ground had to be broken up by human muscle due to the rocky terrain.
That was some work. Yahya and I basically were in charge of picking up the rocks, placing them in a wheelbarrow, and dumping them in an out of the way location. This reminded me of a punishment for the “naughty” boys in the private high school I attended. They had to move rocks from one place to another and it was called rock pile.
Well at least I got to spend some time outside in the beautiful weather as well as spend some quality time with Yahya. I think this was an activity we will remember for some time. His next assignment is in another garden but I think it will be a little less labor intensive and allahu alim.