A Day on the Farm

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A typical day on the farm starts off with a 4:45 alarm. It’s already hot when I wake up in the morning, and I’m usually sweating before I start making breakfast. Breakfast is 3 eggs and a slice of toast with peanut butter and honey (the eggs are from our farm). Then the farm crew and I go to the Taylor’s (the farm owners, our bosses) house for morning meeting. They give us a list of things that need to get done during the day and we typically all have a slightly different list. Then we go do morning chores which is taking care of the animals and making sure they have enough food and water. Chores get done 3 times a day.

Lately we’ve been doing a lot of harvesting. We have so many veggies ready! We have radishes, turnips, arugala, lettuce mix, lettuce heads, pac choi, tat soi, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, carrots, cabbage, and our green house tomatoes are all turning red so we will be harvesting them shorty. Harvesting is easily my favorite farm chore. The past few days we have been doing a lot of tomato trellising, because they grow so fast and could always use a little support. There is blight in the area, but none of our tomatoes have it yet (fingers crossed). The day usually ends with speed weeding, and crushing as many beds as we possibly can.

The day usually ends around 7, or 6:30 if we’re lucky. The most frustrating part of the day, at least for me, is how long the lists are and it’s impossible to ever get it all done, but we always try our hardest. All in all I feel that I’m made for farming. I like falling and rising with the sun. I like how satisfying it is to eat the veggies that I seeded, transplanted, cared for, endlessly weeded, and harvested. I like being sore when I wake up, but knowing I’ll forget about is as soon as I get out in the field. I like knowing exactly what I’m putting in my body, and helping other people do the same. Farming is not easy. It’s easily the hardest thing I’ve done. On my one day off I want to hike or surf and keep being active, but my mind and body is usually fighting me because I’m ready to just collapse. In the end farming is worth it. I hope to work on a new farm next summer that is different from Devon Point Farm. I think it would be interesting to do sheep and goat dairy, and maybe a farmers market (rather than a CSA share). Whatever happens I’m excited that I’ve found a passion in sustainable food and farming, and I look forward to the adventures my passion will take me on.

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