Y’all can call me Flo, also to be known as the commentator affiliated with the wonderful team which is Purple Crew. So far during these last 12 days we have seen 9 total members and 2 crew leads by the name of Nate and Molly. We have expanded and shrunk in anticipation and we closed the third week knowing what our crew would look like for the rest of the year.
Throughout it all we had constant progress from the start: being a shakey, confused, less efficient group of individuals to a team that eventually had our flow so down pat that we fed off our energy, our movements mimicking a water fall. Our project encompassed planting (just shy of) 20,000 lost pines with our amazing sponsors at Treefolks by the names of Matt Mears and Paul Schuman in Bastrop, TX. These gentlemen facilitated as we planted exactly 19,038 trees in 32.83 acres over residential areas devastated by fire.
With an average of 1586.5 trees per day we were rocking and a-rolling with high hopes and good spirits on our first project. Of course, with this being our first scenario coming together as a team we had a few concerns for our future voyages and worries about goals still left to accomplish. But the opportunity to interact with the community there in Bastrop settled our nerves as we recognized how grateful and welcoming our work was in the community. Through this experience I feel as if we were pumped up enough to conquer anything handed our way. Our attitude will remain unyielding as we push through increasingly difficult trials that will ultimately merge us all. We will continue to be fueled by the basis of a better tomorrow for our generation and for those in the future.
With steep goals and aspirations we hope to gain the choice to never have to go back to a desk job, to become self-sufficient, to build ourselves mentally and physically, and most importantly, to lift up our fellow comrade in a true test of working outside of your comfort box while also simultaneously being able to freely communicate within a group.
We know our crew leads are here to put everything out on the line for these projects and we are preparing to step up to the plate and exceed expectations. We are ready. We are strong. We are one.
Folasade Ogunfiditimi, Field Crew Member