2014 farm season begins!

My body is aching, but we managed to get 4 beds ready at the farm yesterday. It was my first day back at the farm after a long winter. So much has changed, but it still feels like home. An acquaponics system has taken over more than half of the greenhouse, Connor is gone and has been replaced by Hanna, Phil wasn’t there and that is weird for me because I associate the farm with Phil, and of course the land looks bare because it is so early in the season. Hanna seems cool and she has quite a bit of organic farming experience, and she’s a she! That is really exciting and inspirational. There is also of course, new interns. Just like last year, it seems that farming draws the interest of women more so than men. What is interesting is that the women I met yesterday seemed to be a bit older than the interns that came last year, but it is still very early in the season. I’m sure that once it gets warmer out, the younger people will appear.

I had set my alarm clock for 5:40AM and even though I went to bed a little earlier than usual, it’s still challenging to wake up that early. I had a quick breakfast, grabbed the mid-morning breakfast hubby made me, layered up, and headed out. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived because I have become so accustomed to seeing Phil & Connor at the farm, but Connor left and Phil only comes 1 day a week now. Hanna is very different than Connor, and I’m curious and excited to learn new things from her. As I looked around the table, I saw the faces of energetic women, all interested in growing food. Our task for the day was to prep the beds on the North plot, which simply means digging trenches and creating 3-foot beds. The weather was thankfully very cooperative, and it was good digging weather. As I stopped to stretch my back and shoulders, I looked up at my new team, and I felt proud to be there. There were 7 of us, all women, building the land.

The video is of Hanna and Jessica using the new rototiller to till the soil. It basically aerates and breaks down the large clumps into fluffy soil. Before the day ended, I ran into Jonah. He was a member farmer last year, and again this year. Seeing familiar faces is always comforting, and he’s a cool guy. Last year, we would have many conversations about our worms, and anything growing related. I’m so happy that he’s at the farm again this year, and I am definitely looking forward to working with him again. He’s agreed to take one of my tomato plants too! I’m curious to see how big it can get in ground.

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