Second day at Toms Creek, Planting Trees

This is the second group planting trees at Toms Creek Park. The new tree samplings are now being spread about on the hill where we want to attract wild life and stop the erosion. We began with a small talk about the purposes of this event, an introduction to the combite and instructions of how to plant the new trees. We divided the volunteers in groups of two, and each planted about 4-7 trees per group. As evidences of the old dumping ground today we found two golf balls, a brush and other left overs of the trashy past.

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2 thoughts on “Second day at Toms Creek, Planting Trees

  1. Jimmy W Jewett

    I took a lot away from our Arbor Day experience last Friday. We talked as a class about how people use to exchange ideas and opinions through experiences like this and I saw this come to action during the afternoon. Members of our group were interacting and discussing things outside of just the task we were assigned. In this way groups from the black diaspora, during and after slavery, probably discussed their culture and ideas for the future among people from various other cultures. This lead to the creation of new ideas, identities, and cultures altogether. I feel that in the present day, we as groups can partake in events such as Arbor Day more frequently as a community in an attempt to become more in tune with our surroundings as well as with the ideas circulating among our community.

  2. taylormcbride

    When we discussed our Arbor Day activities at Carol Lee’s, I found the conversation about building social connections to be very interesting. The entire time we planted trees we discussed our daily activities, classes we were taking, and our future plans. Although it was mostly small talk and a distraction from work, the connections we made while volunteering made the experience communal verses individual. Establishing personal connections while doing service attaches the volunteer to the community they are serving. I truly enjoyed working as a team with my classmates to serve a community that has given me so many wonderful experiences. Blacksburg is a home away from home, and planting trees to improve its environment was rewarding. So to answer Professor Schnitzer’s question, I did not feel like an outsider working in the community, but I felt like member serving my own community. I think it is possible to belong to multiple communities and feel strong connections to each of them, which inspires people to work to better the community in the future.


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