Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Today the opportunity came up to harvest some of the produce. The rain was falling heavily and I arrived with a new volunteer to gather what we could in the short space of time we had. We stayed outside in the rain for 2 hours harvesting french beans and collected two crates full. Soaked to the skin we took the produce to the cottage to be weighed and graded.
I noticed that various other vegetables had been previously harvested and asked whether or not they were for sale. I was offered a carrier bag of mixed produce for £5.00 (pictured above). This was the standard price for any one who happened to be in the vicinty who wanted to purchase some farm produce. I asked if I could have a discount as I volunteered at the market garden and was told that the bag would have more in it than the standard bag. I am not sure that my £5.00 was money well spent as most of the bag contained swiss chard, 5 courgettes, broad beans and an assortment of purple and green french beans.
I am feeling a little aggrieved and cannot shake off my feeling of worthlessness. For all the time I have spent volunteering at the market garden, I could have concentrated on my own garden and grown my own vegetables rather than the few beans and tomatoes I have managed. What is the incentive for me to offer my unpaid labour when I get little in return? I am seriously contemplating giving up my voluntary work there. Am I being unreasonable or do you think that I should have got some sort of concession? Please let me know your views as I want to try and make sense of the situation. Thank you!