Every plant sprouts from a seed. We remembered the journey we partook in together as we ate breakfast, packed our bags, and cleaned the retreat center. Some of the group members were very tired as they were recovering from a pillow fight the night before. After the van was packed, we headed to the Detroit Eastern Market. The area allowed local farmers and merchants to sell their produce under one big roof. Here, we shopped around and grabbed some lunch to go. We also meant up with Tyler, the assistant farmer at EarthWorks, and spent some final moments with him.
After departing the market, we were officially headed back to Erie! The drive home consisted of many naps, rap sessions, and reflections of the week.
When you plant a seed, there is no guarantee that anything will come out of it. There is a lot of time, nourishing, and dedication involved. With enough work and little bit of luck, the seed will begin to sprout and from roots. Soon, the stem will begin to stretch towards the light. Five months ago, we all applied to be apart of this trip, not really knowing what would come out of it. After several meetings and activities, we began to get to know each other. Over the course of the week, we all contributed in our unique ways. Through deep talks, many laughs that were so hard we could not breathe, and being part of new experiences, we were able to rise towards the sun. Justin, aka the head blogger, had some final thoughts: “I could never put this experience into words, but I would say the biggest things I have learned are to love every person where they are at, be open to new experiences, and there will always be a reason to have hope.” Now, we at back at Gannon in Erie having some final group bonding. Although the people of the city have mixed opinions, Detroit has a beautiful history of resilience and is filled with potential. We hope this blog has provided some new insights to our viewers and encourages seeds to be planted in new ways.