The Tree Down the Street–A Poem – Northwest Food News
Monthly Archives: September 2011
Get ready to work hard, in the hot and the cold and the stinky and the glorious and learn about the world around you and our basic connections to it.
I would tell anyone considering applying to definitely do it, especially if they have never done anything like this before. The farm is a phenomenal and magical place that I always looked forward to visiting, and I gained an extremely valuable amount of knowledge about small scale organic farming along with a lot of other things I never thought I’d learn on a little farm in Idaho, thanks to the wonderful variety of people I got the pleasure to work with and get to know.
Working on Earthly delights farm was a life changing experience. A chance to not only learn about growing food but also a chance to challenge and expand my worldview as well as make new rad friends. It was a bit of a time commitment and also a lot of good old fashioned hard work; however, it was so much fun to spend time with everyone else and to have the one on one attention of two fine farm mentors. I would definitely recommend this experience as being a rather fun and positive one.
This internship has been one of the most important investments of my time. In a changing and turbulent word, I am now confident that I have the skills and knowledge to help sustain my community and myself by growing food.
Learning about seed saving was one of the most amazing parts of the internship. I saved seed from my spring arugula plants and then planted a fall crop with those seeds. When my little arugula sprouts began to grow, I had the most prolific and abundant feelings. That was the first time I had grown vegetables without buying seeds from a store.
Being an intern at Earthly Delights Farm will put some hair on your chest. You learn to get up early, bear the heat, rain, wind, snow, cold, and other unfavorable conditions, think on your toes and outside the box to make things work in a pinch, and the virtues of hard work. I have become a stronger person in many different realms because of the internship.
When I applied for the Earthly Delights internship, I was only looking for some hands-on experience under the tutelage of an experienced farmer. That was basically it. I wasn’t in the market to change my beliefs, make friends, or truly learn what “eating local” means on a daily basis. If that is all you want, to do some hard work and learn a lot about growing food, know that you’ll get it, but be prepared for so much more. Through article discussions, on-farm lunches, friendships with rad like-minded folks, and a lot of hard, satisfying work, I can honestly say that my life has been changed for the better. Sorry for the cliche, but it’s true. The way I cook is tastier and more nutritious, my beliefs and ethics are a bit more polished, the meaning of “community” is radically different than what it had been. I could really go on and on. Just know that if you show up, work hard, and have a good attitude, there is so much waiting for you at the end of the season.