Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm

Stories from Camp – Day 2

June 13-18, 2011

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Article 23, Section 3:  “Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worth of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.” [from Universal Declaration of Human Rights]

On Day 2, our focus was on the value of work and the right of everyone to be paid fairly. After doing a work project on the Koinonia Farm in the morning, we took a small group of campers to purchase fruit and tomatoes for the week at the local Americus Farmers Market. We purchased our eggs and meat at Koinonia. And then we visited Cafe Campesino to learn about Fair Trade. Our farm work was HOT and TIRING, but it helped the campers get a feel for how difficult manual labor can be, even though it’s one of the most poorly paid professions in many areas of the world.

We began our date with a work project at Kononia. The big problem with running a pecan orchard is all the fallen limbs that must be removed in order to run the harvesting machinery. So, we cleared downed limbs from multiple rows of one of Koinonia's orchards.
Teamwork was necessary to load some of the largest branches into the trailer.
Farmer Ted, who helped us with our work project, showed some of the campers how the tractor works.
After our work was down, Farmer Ted helped the campers into the trailer and drove them around the pecan orchard (and this inspired the impromptu hay ride later in the evening!)
After doing hard work in the morning, we visited Cafe Campesino, a Fair Trade coffee roaster, to learn about how they help farmers earn a fair day's wage for a fair day's work.
We relaxed in the coffee shop and learned from Nema about the concept of Fair Trade.
Then we put on hair nets and Nema showed us how to roast green coffee beans.
Having experience manual labor, our evening was spent playing in the water and making our own handcrafted jewely, using fair trade coffee beans provided by a women's collective in Guatemala.
Our day ended with a sunset hayride by Farmers Ted and Craig.
After a day of labor and learning, we relaxed on our hayride with new friends!

Go on to Day 3…

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