We made it! We’ve been at the farm for a few weeks now so I thought I’d give a little update on what we’ve been up to and what it’s like here.
So the farm is 40 acres and its primary purpose is educational. Part of that involves teaching people about agriculture and poverty issues. Another part is the internship program (that’s me!). Interns live here for a year and take on one of the farm enterprises. Some interns work with school garden programs. Some interns manage our one acre garden. And some are in charge of livestock (that’s me again!).
Right now we have chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits, pigs, and cows. The chickens are mostly for eggs. The goats are milked twice a day. And the sheep, pigs, and cows are for meat. And we’ve got bees! I love the interns I work with and I’ve already learned so much. I hope Socrates was right that wisdom begins in knowing you know nothing. Because I’m ready to admit I know nothing about farming compared with what there is to know.
Maybe soon I can write a “Day in the life” post for everyone to see how we fill our time. Most days consist of moving and feeding animals, fixing something, cleaning, record keeping, class, digging, chasing, and watering. Already I’ve learned how to add supers to bee hives, trim goat hooves, collect and examine goat fecal samples, castrate pigs, lay new water lines, and drive a tractor. I’ve been head butted by sheep, run over by a pig, and stung by bees. And I’m loving it.
At the end of every day my body is tired but my mind is alert and I feel ready to give attention and affection to my family. That’s the opposite of how I felt at the end of every day at the office. I also love getting to see my family during the day. We get to eat lunch every day and I often see them running around the farm. Plus, ending the day with a feeling of having accomplished something is just incredible.
So stay tuned! I’ll probably start writing more about what I’m learning and spend some time reflecting on theology and agriculture. Or maybe I’ll just post a lot of pictures of animals.