Saturday was my favorite day of the field-reporting institute thus far. We began our day near Senath, Mo. We met with Charles Parker, a Bootheel cotton farmer.
Cotton production is an extremely new concept for me. I enjoyed every second of observing the cotton. I touched its soft, fluffy buds and even climbed on the John Deere farm equipment. I felt at home, because farm reporting is in my comfort-zone.
As the day progressed, I also enjoyed the time spent near the Bird’s Point Levee. I observed the Army Corps of Engineer’s restoration on part of a blown levee.
Saturday was an adventure. I tried many new things and experienced new feelings. Through meeting local people, I feel connected to the Bootheel and its issues. At the same time, I feel like I am in a foreign place.
– Carah Hart, Edited by Claire Friedrichsen