A team of NUS students from the College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT) came down to the Onesimus Garden as part of their Community Engagement focus during their Freshmen Orientation Camp. The group, made up of students across different years of study, got their hands dirty by doing an entire morning’s work of ploughing the land and harvesting vegetables.
When asked about their purpose in coming down to Onesimus and doing farm work, group leader Daryl (Year 2, Psychology major) highlighted the unique features of Onesimus which the group wanted to further explore and contribute towards. Being in its embryonic stages, the group was able to witness the start-up of a social enterprise that provides an alternative form of rehabilitation, also termed as Farm Restorative Therapy. They were able to learn and experience for themselves what it means to work towards a greater goal without seeing the immediate results. Overall, it was a fruitful trip for these students, leaders and members alike.