UC Davis undergraduate, 4th year
Major: Landscape Architecture
Jose and Enrique in the ranch garden
Enrique has worked at the Pine Trails Ranch for a long time, so he is very familiar with the site.
He was always surprised by our early morning presence, exclaiming "Oh, you girls are up early!" It wasn't until later that we had our first full conversation with Enrique regarding the garden beds. As we layered the stones for the garden beds, he came over to us and said we were incorrectly placing them down. He explained that the bottom of the brick contains an interlock that allows the brick to fit into the bottom layer brick. The sound of the stone locking had me and Elizebeth expressing our understanding with an "Ooooooh! That makes sense."
After that, he showed us many more helpful field tips: how to design a cajete (check out blog 7!), how to use a post hole digger correctly, how to identify water lines with two metal wires, how to drive a tractor, and so much more. Enrique said that many people he had worked with resisted teaching him anything, so he had to learn a lot by himself. He strongly emphasized the importance of helping and acknowledging others. We are treated not only like students by him, giving us critiques and teaching us great qualities, but also friends, caring for us and asking how we are doing mentally and physically. He reminds us to take breaks and offers us water, especially on hot days. He is a hard worker, wise teacher, y un gran amigo!
Green Care Blog
Here you can find blog posts from each Green Care Lab intern. We'll be talking about our research process, the benefits of Green Care therapy, and sharing pictures of our work. Follow along with us!