10 credits will be dedicated for being a farm intern at Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) working on the farm with youth, volunteers, seniors, field trips, and other interns. This work will be focusing on agricultural practices such as integrated pest management strategies, organic weed control, crop rotation, marketing, compost management, and crop planning. The other work will be done in areas such as community building, making raised beds with the Victory Garden Project, and learning about different ways in which a farm can benefit youth in the Olympia area.

Some readings will include Beyond Inclusion Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy To Liberate Everyone written by Leticia Nieto, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness written by Peter A. Levine, Weeds and What They Tell Us written by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, and The Lost Language of Plants written by Stephen Harrod Buhner.

These readings cover topics concerned with equity, anti oppression, trauma informed care, plants and their impact in a garden space, and the rise in pharmaceuticals and the issues of our current health care system.


6 credits will involve work with The Red Thread Apothecary and independent research around planned readings. This work will include seasonal and sustainable wild crafting with native plants in the Olympia area, extracting the medicinal qualities of these plants for healing purposes, and learning about the benefits of trauma informed care.

Learning Objectives Activities that will help me to attain this objective What my sponsor will evaluate
I aim to gain a deeper understanding of sustainable community building, communication skills, conflict resolution, anti oppressive language, and how to sustain a trauma aware environment for others. I will be participating in trauma informed care workshops through Red Thread, participating as an intern at GRuB, and reading books and articles provided by both. Weekly written reports of the activities I took part in at GRuB along with written responses to my readings all of which will be posted and updated on the program word press website.
I aim to gain a deeper understanding of productive ways to run a small scale organic farm. This includes non traditional tactics that help involve at risk and/or oppressed members in the community and volunteer programs. I will be participating as an intern at GRuB and observing how they have become successful in these areas and how they aim to improve. I will also be doing independent reading/research about sustainable agriculture. Written reports on activities specifically involving these subjects in which I have participated in at GRuB all to be posted and updated through the in program word press website. This will include photos of progress through the growing season as well.
I aim to learn about the pros and cons of running a non profit organization, the history of GRuB, and how they sustain their business. I will be participating as an intern at GRuB, speaking with their employees and alumni and observing ways in which they sustain the business. Final presentation on what I have learned working with GRuB which will include this learning objective along with other learning objectives all to be presented to the rest of the S.O.S program during week 10.
I aim to continue my work with The Red Thread Apothecary which will involve learning about more medicinal herbs and how to create medicines from sustainable wild crafting. Conducting independent research on plants we focus on, participating in wildcrafting workshops, physically working with plants outside of the workshops and observing where they grow and when, reading books included in bibliography about herbal propagation and wildcrafting. Written reports on wildcrafting workshops and my findings involving my independent research all to be posted on the in program word press site. These will be conducted every other week.

Evaluation of Work

  • Narrative evaluation from field supervisor emailed to sponsor
  • Narrative evaluation from sponsor
  • Narrative self-evaluation from student

Faculty Support

The student will complete all assignments as described on the syllabus, including weekly documentation on the Project pages of the SOS program website. Because the student’s in-program ILC project requires–or would benefit from–a field supervisor (required for internships), subcontractor (required for upper division science credit), or mentor, the student will provide the faculty with a field supervisor, subcontractor, or mentor’s descriptive assessment of in-program ILC work completed with their guidance, expertise, or supervision by Thursday noon of week 10. This assessment should be discussed between the student and the field supervisor, subcontractor, or mentor, then provided on profession letterhead or email with current contact information directly to the faculty through email < >. The student will complete comprehensive mid-quarter and final narrative self-evaluations and submit them to faculty prior to mid-quarter and final end of quarter student-faculty conferences.  For the final documentation on Project pages, each student will post, and present in class on Tuesday or Wednesday of week 10, a 10-minute PowerPoint Presentation of 10-15 slides with text that demonstrates the highlights of the student’s in-program ILC Project.  As a “best of the student’s Project pages,” this presentation will not be about the creation of new material, but rather the final PPT-based presentation will assemble and tell the story of existing material regarding the student’s SOS in-program ILC project.

The corruption found within the meat industries has some similarities in relation to other food industries, such as fruit and vegetable production. Not only is the quality of fruit and vegetables declining, but the working conditions for the farm workers has also been extremely corrupt since the beginning of slavery in America. Even though slavery is technically illegal now, capitalist and large scale farms are abusing immigrant labor to exploit people in order to make a larger profit. There are even programs that bring in guest workers from other countries and underpay them even more so which is virtually perpetuating slavery in America.

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