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Chicken Coops and Veggie Beds

Below, the latest update from Sandy McDowell and Courtney Baumann, our two Timberland Earthkeepers who have spent this week creating positive social and environmental impact in West Oakland, California:

Today I went to Serenity House — a facility for women recovering from addictions to drug and alcohol.  They were so excited to get a garden.  We put in two raised beds and planted their garden with them.  It was an awesome experience because without our help, they could not have achieved this.  It took awhile for some of the women to warm up but when I left, one woman was so overwhelmed she expressed how grateful she was that we were there to do this for them.  I was really moved that we could really make a difference in their lives.  This is what it’s all about.

-Sandy

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Hello!  I have been working on building chicken coops for the last three days!  On the first day, I thought we would be finished before the day was out, but not the case … :)   We were really involved in the creative aspect of the whole process and allowed to give our input on how to make it better.  I picked the chicken coop project because I felt like this was something that I could take home and possibly do myself — I would love to start something similar at my home.

After finishing today, I was filled with so much pride.  One of the chicken coops we made is going to Makeda and Myron, two community members who have helped with this project all week.  It was really inspiring to see how excited they are to receive it.  They already have a garden in their backyard, aided by City Slicker Farms, and it’s just really great to hear how much it means to them.

This week has really flown by, and we have really accomplished some great things.  We can’t wait to deliver our coops tomorrow!

-Courtney