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.