The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team recently spent an afternoon volunteering with the People for Environmental Action and Community Health (p.e.a.c.h.) program in Spokane, Wash.
The P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm is an organization that generates opportunities for low-income people to access local, sustainable and affordable food. P.e.a.c.h. also facilitates farmland preservation and economic development by providing education, market opportunities and land for local farmers.
The men's tennis team visited the farm and helped with a variety of tasks, including fertilization of soil for future planting, removal of old crops and spreading down hay in the pastures.
"This was a great opportunity for our team to give back to the community in a way that impacts local families," said EWU head coach Darren Haworth. "The food from the P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm goes to about 300 local families who are of low income, and it was great for us to be able to lend a hand in that effort."
"One of the coordinators on the farm is a former collegiate tennis player," added Haworth. "He encouraged our guys to bend their knees and use proper technique when shoveling, as if it were a low volley. All around it was a great experience."