On the first day at the farm, I would have said Jordan McDaniel would be one of the quietest and most reserved of the students. Today, I would tell you that Jordan is not only more outgoing than he was on the first day, he is also one of the most hard working of the students. Jordan became a reliable worker as the summer wore on. Not only was he reliable, he also carried a positive attitude into each and every task.
It has been a pleasure to watch Jordan mature and grow in his work ethic, respect for authority, and desire to learn. We had the opportunity to take the students on a camping trip to the Blue Ridge at Black Balsam. During this trip, it was amazing to watch the students explore nature, and tackle experiences that were outside of their comfort zone.
I believe Mill Village has given Jordan the opportunity to discover some of his natural talents. Through our farm program, Jordan has been challenged, stretched, and encouraged to dig deep and discover more about himself. Jordan has learned not only through work on the farm, but also through time spent on our Mobile Market, and in Cooking and Money Skills classes. Below is a short interview to help you learn more about Jordan and his experience at Mill Village Farms.
Q: What school do you go to?
Berea High School
Q: What grade will you be going into?
Q: What are some of your hobbies?
I love playing baseball and video games. I also love hanging out with my friends and going to the movies and Sky Zone.
Q: What is your favorite place you have been?
The Georgia Dome for a band competition.
Q: What is your favorite sports team?
The Cleveland Cavaliers
Q: What do you want to be when you get older?
A professional baseball player and then after that a baseball coach.
Q: What is your favorite memory from this summer?
I loved going on the camping trip. We did a lot of things I had never done before. I had never slept in a tent, so it was a new experience for me. I learned how to make a fire and set up a tent. I learned the importance of going outside of my comfort zone by sleeping and going to the restroom all outside.
Q: What has been your favorite part about being on the farm?
I like working out at Serenity farm, it is my favorite of the three farms we have worked on this summer. I really like putting down mulch at the farm. It not only makes the farm more beautiful, but also helps with the weeds. I love how we have worked as a team and worked hard together.
Q: What is one thing you will take away from this summer?
I learned a lot of skills such as team work, people skills, not being as shy or embarrassed to talk to people, and learning to make eye contact with others.
Q: How have you grown from being on the farm?
I feel like I have become more responsible. I have learned to do things right away rather than doing it later. For example, when my mom asked me to take out the trash, I do it right away rather than doing it later that night or making her ask me again.
Q: What is something you wish you knew before the summer started?
I wish I knew better how to budget my money so I wouldn’t spend it right when I got it.
Q: What was it liked to be named Crew Member of the Week?
It made me feel happy because they saw my improvement in my work and that I was working really hard.
Q: What would you want people to know about Mill Village?
It is a great opportunity for teens to get a job and learn how to have better people skills, build character, and get ready for the real world.
Written by Robert Cain, Summer Intern