Intern Solo Week!

Last week, Claire and Jake handed over the reins to some of the farm interns, leaving us on our own to organize the final CSA delivery.  We wereled by Laurel Blomquist, a second year farm intern, who you have heard from earlier this year.  Read on to hear what she had to say about this season!  

(Photo of CSA share from Intern Solo Week)

 


As a second year intern, I had high expectations for myself.  I had experienced so many new things my first year, I thought that this year would contain fewer surprises.  I couldn't have been more wrong! 

Experiencing the changes in weather alone was enough to keep my head spinning.  It's hard to remember because of the amazing weather we've had lately, but we started the season working in a constant downpour.  I knew this would affect the crops, but it also great affected our workload and the timing of certain tasks, namely weeding and transplanting. 

Another big change for me was participating in the CSA harvest on Wednesday.  The pressure to get the harvest done and packed early fills me with anxiety and excitement every week.

Then there were my new duties, as second-year intern: driving the tractor and seeding cover crops.  The tractor was scary at first, but less intimidating than I thought, and I look forward to driving my own some day.  The cover crop seeding, on the other hand, turned out to be much more difficult that I had anticipated.  Running through the soft newly tilled, bumpy soil was challenging to me and amusing to my fellow interns, who watched me stumble from afar.  However, my real mistake came when I accidentally spread the seed to close, which made for a thick carpet in certain patches, but used so much seed that I ran out with much of the farm left un-cropped.  As you know, organic farming relies on returning fertility to the soil.  I panicked as I realized what a huge mistake Claire allowed me to make in the name of my education, firmly planting the emotion and experience in my memory so as not to repeat it on my own farm.  She even turned my error into a learning experience for all by challenging my fellow interns to come up with solutions to the problem.

Claire and Jake's understanding and patience while we all make our mistakes (and learn from them!) is only one of the many benefits of working here at the farm.  I can only hope to emulate them at some point in my future as a farmer-educator. 


Laurel's story was excerpted from Urban Roots #21, Troy Community Farm's weekly newsletter.  You can read all of the Troy Community Farm newsletters on our newsletter page. 

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