Monday, January 27, 2014

Service to the Environment By: Nina Veite

Service is about more than volunteering.  It is also about addressing needs and educating people, like educating people about sustainable living.  Nina Veite is a new resident of the Wilmington College Eco-Houses who has taken time to immerse herself in a world of environmentally friendly practices.

Nina Veite
Perhaps the two most rewarding service events were working on the garden cleanup and sharing roasted pumpkin seeds I had collected. The garden cleanup event was scheduled for a very chilly day.   While cleaning out the garden beds, I learned what some of the plants look like before they are harvested. I also learned that some plants are incredibly hard to pull out of the ground. When the roots were deep, rather than branched, I had trouble trying to pulling out the plant. The other volunteers made this work look easy! It was fun cleaning up while talking to the other volunteers.

Sharing the pumpkin seeds was very rewarding— and was perhaps my most rewarding experience.  After spending two hours and forty-five minutes gutting pumpkin seeds, it was fun to hand out the roasted seeds that came from my hard work. Sometimes, when you work on a project, you don't get to see the results of your labor, but with this project I got to work on the project from start to finish.

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