REFLECTION: New Adventures

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

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