Caitlin Splawski

“It’s important [to grow food in an urban area] in order for people in urban areas to have access to fresh vegetables grown from places so close to where its going to be consumed, which means it’s going to be fresh and at its most nutritious state when people are eating it.”

 

Interviewee: Caitlin Splawski

Interviewer: Kayla C., Grade 11

Interview Date: January 21, 2015

Interview Location: ReVision Urban Farm, Boston, MA

 Student Reflection:

I interviewed Caitlin Splawski who recently began working for ReVision Urban Farm in September. It was a great experience being able to volunteer and learn more about a local urban farm. Caitlin was very passionate about ReVision Urban farm; she taught me a lot about how important it is to have food grown locally due to the high demand for food in our community. While I was volunteering I got to plant peas and clean out trays that the plants will go in next season. Through this experience I got a glimpse into how much hard work and determination it takes to maintain a farm, especially in an urban area. ReVision Urban Farm is improving the lives of many people in our community by providing them with fresh healthy food at a reasonable price. I truly enjoyed learning about ReVision Urban Farm, and getting to volunteer. It was a very memorable experience that has impacted the way I think about where our food comes from and how to help others in our community get healthy food.

“Eventually I would like to have my own farm.”

“ReVision was the best farm experience I could hope for living in the city.”

“I enjoy the people that work here. We have a lot of fun and work really hard.”

“I love growing plants and the simplicity of planting a seed and seeing it grow up into a plant, and then harvesting from it. There’s something really awesome about that.”

“There is a definite need for what we’re doing.”

“It’s a great accomplishment to be able to service people’s needs.”

“It made me want to get more involved with where my food came from.”

“It’s important [to grow food in an urban area]  in order for people in urban areas to have access to fresh vegetables grown from places so close to where its going to be consumed, which means it’s going to be fresh and at its most nutritious state when people are eating it.”

“Dorchester has been designated by some people as a food desert.”

“The CSA allows people to have a deeper connection to the farm.”

“It [CSA] strengthens the relationship between the community and farmers.”

“We’re very plainly in view of the community doing something that’s unconventional.”

“Being active in your community about something you care about.”

“We are trying to educate people in our community about healthy food and growing food in an urban area.”