Saturday, October 29, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
This weekend's race was a tough one. The women's field started out with a crash right at the starting line- it sounded awful, that unmistakable sound of carbon hitting carbon and pedals caught in wheels. My teammates steered clear and in fact capitalized on it- Tina took the hole shot and didn't look back. Brianne had a really fast start, too. Theresa got caught up a little in it but fought her way out and caught with the race leaders within the first 200 meters. All four of us were in the top 10 for most of the first lap.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I lined up with a better warm up then I've had at MFG- I gotta say, I really prefer the 10:15 start time to the 9:30 start MFG requires of us ladies. Tony found me right before my race and tipped me off about riding way to the right (thanks Tony!). I didn't get a call up, but I situated myself in the 2nd row right behind series leader Andi Z from Group Health, a strong gal with a super fast start.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Saturday, October 1 was the official ground breaking of the Rainier Beach Urban Farm. The other FACN board members and I have been really busy over the past 8 months getting this neighborhood farm project off the ground- writing grant applications, negotiating operating agreements with Seattle Parks, and also figuring out the details of our relationship with Seattle Tilth, our fiscal sponsor. Although there have been work parties every Saturday for most of the summer and fall, this was really our first public event. The concept was a mini-version of the Seattle Tilth Harvest Festival, but with more of a focus on this particular farm. We envisioned farmers market style vendors, a plethora of community organizations, tours of the farm, live music, and plenty of kids activities. We had no idea how many people were going to show up, and whether the event would be a success, but we set attendance goals that we thought were reasonable, settled on a budget, then put our heads down and got to work.
My job was to recruit organizations to table, bands to play music, and farmers to sell produce. Other committee members handled a ton of other details, including speaker/ elected official recruitment, volunteer coordination, event promotion, poster/ graphic design, food/ flower procurement, event logistics and layout. A lot of these jobs were new to us, but we just kept plowing through to do lists and meetings, and pretty soon it was the week of the event. Saturday morning greeted us with rain, which fueled my anxiety that no one would show up. Like magic, however, over 40 volunteers materialized, and got to work setting up. By 10am people started trickling in, and for most of the day we had a good sized crowd there despite the weather.