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Archive for July, 2010

Five and a half months into this years growing season and this is my first post.  That should offer some explanation as to how busy I’ve been.  This year I accepted a position as the crew leader and CSA manager for the farm I interned at last year.  I have a whole list of new responsibilities this year that have given me a healthy amount of stress about the season.  I’ve been in charge of ordering all of the seeds for the farm, setting the planting dates, determining the harvest schedules, and managing the size of the weekly CSA shares.  To be honest, it’s been pretty overwhelming.

However, all of the challenging moments aside, this season has really confirmed in me that I thought that I could farm on my own.  I’ve been involved in nearly all of the decisions that have gone on at the farm and have had to deal with some of the negative results.  I’ve miscalculated seed orders and had to reorder several times.  I’ve missed a few planting dates and as a result we have not had certain crops for the first few CSA pickups.  I’ve planted lettuce too early and because of that it bolted before we needed it for the CSA.  But in spite of these and other missteps, I still remain fairly certain that this is the type of life that I want to live.

I’ve been putting in around 60+ hours a week, (which is pretty light for farming) and yet I find myself wishing I had more time to farm.  Every decision I make reverberates in my head as I wonder, “will I do things this way if I had my own farm?”  I look forward to the weekends when I’m out on the farm by myself.  And I’ve found tremendous peace when I think about finding my own niche in the local agricultural scene.  We’ve got about three more month to be farming for this season and I know I’ve got so much more to learn, but I’ve got growing confidence that I could be doing this for myself one day soon.

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