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Wwoofer day of service march 19

Wwoofer day of service- March 26

1. What


My action was a day spent at an argo-ecological farm about an hour south of Barcelona. At the farm we help with various tasks such as harvesting cauliflower, planting tomatoes and picking oranges, none of which were exposed to pesticides and are all sold locally.

2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?


In terms of sustainability at IES Barcelona this action only directly impacted the three students who attended the day of service, however more students will participate at a later date. For the students that do participate there will be a change in attitude. I believe that working first hand with members of an organic farm students will experience how satisfying it can be to contribute to local sustainability. For me the experience was both fun and educational and I would rather purchase locally grown organic food because I know exactly what goes into the production of it and where it comes from.

The day of service also makes the idea of resilient LOIS businesses more real. The farm is run by a small group of people who then directly sell the products, eliminating the idea of a "middle man" that companies such as Wal-Mart cannot. Because of this, the farm would not be affected by sudden entries and exits of larger businesses in the area because it solely relies on itself.

The day at the farm also created a sense of community. Not only was I able to meet and bond with other IES students I had not know before and shared an interest in learning about organic farmer, but I was also able to interact with locals and get a sense of what their lives are like. All the members of the farm were eager to answer any question I had and insisted on a lot of hands on participated so we could learn as much as possible on our visit. I felt very included in the process while on the farm.

2.1. SWOT Analysis


Strengths- aside from transportation the trip with free of cost; creates a sense of community; students will learn more about how agro-ecological farming works (no pesticides, locally grown and sold, only growing certain foods during certain seasons); students will experience a lifestyle they may not be familiar with;

Weaknesses- only two available days and only on weekends (not enough variety in terms of availability); only 3-4 students can attend each trip so participation is very limited

Opportunities- interact with locals; receive fresh organically grown produce; provide a good reputation for IES students among locals

Threats- lack of student interest (not enough student interested in participating on the trips; not enough incentive to draw students' attention

2.2. Feedback loops


The more students participate in and learn about organic farming and how it helps sustainability, the more likely they will be to choose to buy organic produce. And the more organic food that is purchased, the better these types of farms will do, which will allow for them to open their doors to more students who want to learn about and participate in organic farming.

The more students are excited to participate and show an interest in local sustainability and local business, the better the reputation of IES students will be among locals. The better reputation IES students have with locals the better the relationship and interaction will be between the two groups, and the better the interaction the students have with the locals, the more likely students will be to watch to interact with locals and invest and take an interest in local sustainability and businesses.


2.3. Potential Benefits


In short term the benefits of my day of service were a full box of organically grown produce such as various types of lettuce, olive oil and oranges that I was able to bring home and eat myself.

Long term benefits include a strengthened relationship between IES abroad and the local farm we visited. Hopefully the farm sees the interest that students have in their work and will continue to invite students to experience a day on their farm. Other long term benefits include a better understanding of organic farming and why it is better for the environment that other types.

2.4. Potential Costs


Potential costs of the project include the cost of transportation for students and giving up a full day they may have spent another way. The professor also had to pay for transportation and time. The cost for the farm was any additional money that could have been made from the produce that was giving to us at the end of the day. ALso they took a risk in letting us plant and harvest products first hand because if we had messed up we could ruin certain crops.

3. How


So far IES abroad has not done a lot of action in terms of the Wwoofer day of service other than set up 2 dates for the semester, one of which has already occurred. In a perfect world, more students would be able to attend each event or more days could be made available but due to what the farm can accommodate this may not be possible during the rest of our stay. However, for future semesters IES abroad could contact other Wwoof sites in Barcelona and set up other projects for IES students to participate in, both to provide a variety of activities and allow more students to get involved. According to the Wwoof website, Barcelona has 9 listings for Wwoof locations including other organic farms and some smaller locations listed as houses with gardens.

3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design


The day of action produced very little waste. Because the farm is so far away from IES abroad (about an hour by train) it is impossible to eliminate the pollution caused by transportation entirely. However once of the farm we saw a lot of cradle to cradle designs. For example when harvesting the inedible cauliflower we learned that instead of being sold the plants would them be used in a compost to create fertilizer for future plants. One thing on the farm that was not reusable however, was the plastic used to keep moister in the soil because it was not biodegradable. The farm separated the plastic from any usable items and disposed of it in the correct way though.

3.2. Questions for the unified survey


On a scale of 1-10 how likely would you be to make an effort to purchase locally and organically grown produce?
On a scale of 1-10 how interested would you be in participating in a day of work on a local organic farm?

3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey


I have not seen the results from the survey yet.

3.4. Incentives


The main incentive of this specific Wwoofer day of service is the basket of fresh produce from the farm we visited and 35 EcoEuros.

3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)


To participate in this action you must be a registered member of the sustainability club website. The other two students who attended the day of service with me were not in the sustainability class so it allowed me to meet other students who are genuinely interested in sustainability and have voluntarily joined the club out of pure interest.

3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?


Because the action is part of the sustainability club and not something I set up on my own, this action will continue, and hopefully grow, in future semesters. I found the trip to be very entertaining and education and hopefully other students will have the opportunity to participate. In an effort to encourage future students to participate I participated in the making of a short film endorsing the event that will be shown at this years farewell party and next years welcome party to provide a first hand account of how worth the event is.

3.7. Document format


I did not produce any documents for this project. All information was found online on webpages.


Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: This would allow others to view, share and add on to my work as long as I was given credit for the original work. This is a very open copyright which gives others the freedom to build upon my work which would hopefully advance the Wwoofer day of service.

4. Time-sheet / Chronogram


January 2011: Action projects introduced to class by Professor and brainstorming of possible events.
February 2011: decision by Kelsey MacDonald to participate in a Wwoofer day of service
March 2011: Kelsey MacDonlad registered for the sustainability club website and signed up for a specific date for the day of service
March 26, 2011: Kelsey MacDonald along with two other students and a Professor Xavi attended the Wwoofer day of service for 7 hours.


www.wwoof.es The Spain Wwoofer website to find other sites in Barcelona

6. Students involved in this action


Kelsey MacDonald attended the Wwoofer day of service along with 2 other students not in sustainability class and Professor Xavi. I know other students are planning on attended the next date at the same location.


 Assignment 4: Peer review form

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Items found: 6
Grade per action ReviewerComments
91 vydraThis is a great idea that will allow students to give back to the community. The only thing I would think about, like a few others have said, is about the timing of the service days. If the days are advertised early enough so students would be aware of them before they plan their travels, this will be a great, sustainable action.
92 Julia NuttI think that it is a really interesting action! Like I said to the other person working on this continued action is what is something to consider is when these trips are offered. I think it might be more appealing to have a day trip during the week where students are excused from classes so that they can still travel on the weekends. I would have loved to do this but I had already planned trips because I was not aware of this prior to planning trips!
93 jschayeI think this idea sounds really fun. Is it possible to find a place any close to school that would save on gas? Maybe check that out. And maybe add some more advertisements to have IES hang around for next semesters students to hear about sooner.
94 CFaheyI think this is a good action but as stated earlier on the same action one big threat is the times and dates of the days of service. Many students travel on weekends and it is hard to attract a high number of students especially on weekends. This might be out of your hands but one change in the future could be to add in more days or possibly a half day on weekdays. Overall great report.
95 SolomonBPThe Wwoofer day of service is a good action and should be a fairly fun day for you guys who go. I think from the standpoint of the SC, it'd be really helpful if someone going on the service day could bring a camera so we can use pictures from the event to promote it in future semesters. If someone can get some shots, that would be awesome and the SC will make posters for next semester.
100 MbowermanI really like this action! I think it sounds like it was a lot of fun and must have been interesting to see how an organic farm works. I think the only bad thing is that there is a limited number or spots so not everyone who wants to can participate, and that there is only one day. It would be great if IES could offer more dates so people have the opportunity to participate if they want.


 Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)

Items found: 2
1.6 Wwoofer day of service march 19 (Kelsey Macdonald) Good The you took a featured action Improvable Kelsey, the goal for each student is to design an action which can be continued by someone else at IES Abroad Barcelona (students, staff, faculty...), and not to report an action that you did in the past on a specific day. I hope you understand what I mean. So the action here, as far as I understand, is to design one day of service on an organic farm for other students (or anyone else from IES Abroad Barcelona). And not to report the details of the day when you went to one organic farm. Please, redo the action design (and the text you wrote) accordingly. 2.1. swot W: "Weaknesses- only two available days and only on weekends (not enough variety in terms of availability); only 3-4 students can attend each trip so participation is very limited" Ok, Design it yourself for next semester, so that more days are available, and more people can attend each day. Talk to them in the farm (ask the professor in private the contact details), and talk to the staff to find out people form IES staff that would be willing to go with students one day, as Xavier de Pedro did with you 3 last March 26th 2011. W & T: Not enough advertising about it, and not enough in advanced. T "not enough incentive to draw students' attention ". Ok, but design it better, improve the incentive system. Good to identify the threat, but then, do something to improve the former design of the action in this aspect (in 3.4. Incentives you did not change anything: you didn't design anything here. Please, do so: improve former design to avoid the weaknesses and threats identified) 2.2. Feedback loops: "The more students participate in and learn about organic farming and how it helps sustainability, the more likely they will be to choose to buy organic produce. The more students are excited to participate and show an interest in local sustainability and local business, the better the reputation of IES students will be among locals. " None of the two you stated are full loops. Please, re-read class notes and improve. 2.3. Potential benefits: include the benefits for the farm : we do work for them, and that's the main reason why they are open for that. It's a true exchange of some help with their daily work, for some learning, sharing experiences and their products. 2.4. Potential costs: organization time, managing advertising in paper & website, student enrollments, requesting phones from those students, etc. Please, organize some dates for next semesters that suit everybody, prepare the advertising, and what is going be done with the products we bring back(half of the product is for the Sustainability Club?, unless you changed that design for some reason). Count the number of hours you spent. Consider some rate for that time spent (whatever you consider it would be worth that time of you, or from a professor), and you'll have an order of magnitude of expenses from organization. I can guarantee (because I did all that this last semester) that this is going to be worth much more than the 5 euros/per person of the train ticket to "El Vendrell" station. 3. "However, for future semesters IES abroad could contact other Wwoof sites in Barcelona and set up other projects for IES students to participate in, both to provide a variety of activities and allow more students to get involved. According to the Wwoof website, Barcelona has 9 listings for Wwoof locations including other organic farms and some smaller locations listed as houses with gardens." Please, do so, contact them, and find new places for next semester. Don't expect that someone from IES Abroad will do that, but do that yourself, since is part of your action design. 3.1. "was the plastic used to keep moister in the soil because it was not biodegradable". Yes, that's true. Xavier de Pedro asked them about biodegradable film to keep moisture, and they confirmed that they had bought some already, to test it, but not yet for all the farm since it's much more expensive (right now, at least) than conventional plastic, and they had to analyse the results of this test they were going to do with that biodegradable film to keep moisture. Here you could include the price of that biodegradable film (you could ask them, or find yourself some reference price) compared to conventional, to understand more the limitations an organic farm have, also in terms of money to be productive and comply with the cradle to cradle design. 3.3. "I have not seen the results from the survey yet. ". Well, I wonder why, they were public since the first day, as I explained in class twice, at least. They have been here public all the time: Survey results|box 3.4. Please, improve (see above) 3.5. The former design of the action included that half of the product was to be given at the Sustainability Club (as I explained in person all the time), so that it could be decided there how to use it as incentive for other activities (like the video forums, for instance!). In case you want to change it, why? and change it for what? As a person attending the day-of-service, I would be as happy if I only get half of the basket (anyway, it was way too much fresh food for us to eat it in a week and/or keep it in our fridge). 3.6. "Because the action is part of the sustainability club and not something I set up on my own, this action will continue, " I'm afraid that your didnt' understand the real risks of failure of this action if no one make the planning and advertising. Xavier de Pedro as one member of the faculty (and not "IES Abroad Barcelona" in general and abstract) did all the work this time, but this can not be repeated every semester. Redo the SWOT analysis, and it would be nice if your action could help a bit to organize the next days, places, etc. Talk to the professor asap if you are willing to improve your action in this aspect: or just explore and find other wwoof places and set up all the organization so that they will work out as alternatives with specific days in the agenda, not in the same weekend as other academic activities, etc. "I participated in the making of a short film endorsing the event...". Well, to be precise, you accepted to be interviewed to share your opinion on the day, which is great, and thanks for that. But the film is not done yet (time limitation). So you are welcome to edit the video and/or pictures to produce some short video with information about it. And again: for this to happen, the video has to be edited, and you have to contact the person in IES Administration (whoever it is) who organizes the farewell and welcome parties, so that they accept to show that short video there, and they ensure that the required equipment will be there in time, the time frame allocated for that, etc. You can also include that in your action design, and do those contacts / agreements... And of course, sum them up to the "potential costs"... Otherwise, another risk of failure (if nothing is shown at the welcome party next semester, then a good opportunity is lost (again) to make easy and massive advertising of those activities, initiatives, etc. 3.7. "I did not produce any documents for this project. All information was found online on webpages.". Yes, and someone made it (the professor X. de Pedro). For this action to be a success, some advertising is needed: video, slideshows, posters, emails... Please, create them! (otherwise, high risk of failure due to lack of good communication with students in future semesters). 3.8. "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: This would allow others to view, share and add on to my work as long as I was given credit for the original work. This is a very open copyright which gives others the freedom to build upon my work which would hopefully advance the Wwoofer day of service. " All what you say is given with just attribution. You license also provides some extra constrains, that you didn't explain, nor justify. Please, check the creative commons website (see link in 2011a General comments and improve. 4. Time-sheet. Redo, not about what you did, but about what needs to be done (by whom, and when) for the action to be a success this next semester, for instance. 5. References: Include the reference to the farm we visited: "Camp de la Sort". http://campdelasort.cat/ Adn provide full details of yor sources of information: Author, year, title, url (if available) As far as the presentation is concerned, you could also use some pictures to illustrate parts of the action. If you get some from the ones uploaded at the SC ( http://club.iesbarcelona.org/file3 ) , please, ensure that you respect the copyright license (a cc one also, but ensure it's compatible. Ask for help if needed) This action is partly repeated with the actions presented by other students: coordination was needed to avoid unnecessary duplication and overlapping of actions. See Day of Service Barcelona, and even if both of you wrote your interest in the wwoof action on Feb 9th, the action design was added on March 23th for the other action, 5 days before you did (March 28th). At least, you both should have talked to avoid duplication and overlapping.
Ok, you didn't do many of the suggestions for improvement that you received, but the former grading was too strict maybe. Good for the improvements you added. Regarding the picture you added at the end, it was added with cc-by-sa copyright license to the SC website (by the professor), so if you don't give attribution to the author, you are doing copyright infringement. Watch out this detail in the future (if you want to do things legally, at least). 2nd


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