Muir Ranch

John Muir High School

Summer Begins.

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Today we finish the last of our student-led interviews for Muir Ranch. We will gave about 15 paid interns this summer that are 80% funded by our CSA and the rest are covered by our farm dinners. Thanks again Nisha and all the guests!

I can’t say how proud of the team I am. Lali, Yesenia and now Manny have really stepped into my role of selecting the candidates, rating their skills, conducting OTJ interviews and balancing them with our needs and budget for the farm this summer.

As a teacher it’s a “wow, just wow” moment. It’s a, “Hey, they can do my job!” benchmark-thing and that frees me up to do more: order kale & squash seeds, give flowers away, set up farmers markets, write grants and, IDK, launch a @kickstarter. Little things?

Big things are figuring out how we grow Muir Ranch’s client base of satellite schools, EBT customers, delivery services and our overall impact in LA. We shouldn’t be the only school garden doing this. It’s a challenge. We also have to figure out how we fit within a high school as a nonprofit and social enterprise. Ah, a relaxing summer?

And I’m nearly at the end of this update and haven’t even mentioned how much we need an anchor person to help us launch our cafe and catering program. I guess with my student managers stepping up I’ll have time to write these posts more often. Maybe? Mos def, maybe.

One last wonderful thing. The kids and I came up with a short immediate-term wish list of predictable items: gloves, pruners and cleaning items. Yesenia, 15, mentioned that we needed more appropriate work clothing for the incoming farmhands. Sounds about right, right? She mentioned, “cute farm girl clothes.”
Overalls? Plaid shirts? Good stuff (so clean your closet and help us out; I did).
But somehow, our Manny and his brain lost the last part of that and decided “cute farm girls” was just enough. It’s never dull here. It’s never dull. Come volunteer and see for yourself.

– mud

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