Sunburnt skin and constantly dirty fingernails are just a few of the perks of working on a farm. My first month or so at Nature and Nurture Organic Farm has been ridiculously informative and enjoyable. At this point we haven’t gotten to harvest much beyond kale, spinach, and purple-sprouting broccoli which were grown in the hoop house to bear the colder temperatures.
Most of the work we’ve been doing has been preparing the farm for planting, sowing seeds, and caring for the starter plants growing indoors. It has mostly been what I expected, but I enjoy that roughly a quarter of each day is spent in discussion led by Mike and Erica to teach more to the interns.
One of the biggest challenges is the occasional monotonous task such as pruning or the physically demanding tasks like forcing logs and mulching. But organic farm can’t be done without them, right? These tasks, though challenging or just plain boring, add up to huge ecological improvements over time.
My fellow interns are smart and fun to be around. When working on tasks in pairs or teams, we share interesting and engaging conversation on all kinds of topics.
A few miles hiking is always a great icebreaker!