The internship has been a life-changing event for me, especially being lucky enough to do it twice! It has changed the way I think about and see the world. The skills I have gained, the knowledge of how to grow food and the friends I have made all have made me a different person. Thanks Casey!!!!!!!!!!!
As with anything in life, it’s the journey that matters. The farm is a beautiful place because it is a canvas where you get to play with and learn from the most real teachers in the universe.. time, weather, and good company. The experiences are multifaceted. There are times where you feel on top of the world covered in horse crap, or with your fingers so cold you can’t feel them anymore. You get to experience the loss in death, and appreciate the aesthetics in color and flavor, smell and texture, the allbeit “taboo” subject of sex, which drives the creative engines of this living planet. My advice would be to eat a good breakfast, bring layers, good shoes, and don’t be afraid of the future, because as farmers, or earth lovers or whatever, your ride is about hope… you trust that the seeds you plant, physically and symbolically, have this crazy infinite potential in them.
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You are making a big commitment to yourself, the farm, the CSA members, the future of our local seed + food movement. In order to get the best results, know that your attendance + dedication is very important to this internship. It is a lot of fun but it is a lot of hard work + provokes many o’ thoughts + ideas. This internship was one of the most influential, life-changing, positive experience I’ve ever taken part in. Stick with it, put your work in + you will get a lot out of this amazing internship.
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.
The ladies of Earthly Delights organic farm surprised the heck out of me. I knew a fair amount about seeds in the dirt coming in, but was learning something new every week as the season went on. There’s alot of passion for their farm and just as much knowledge between those two. Lori and Casey, I’ll miss you ladies.
I chose to be an intern late, I think it was early spring already, after my friend, Harry died. I wanted to do something completely different for a while. I am a Farmer’s daughter and I’ve planted random seeds a few times, but never really grew my own food. Everyday after we worked, I’d go home and do what we did on the farm at home, from pruning raspberries and fruit trees to planting beets, leeks, and even soy beans. At the end of the season I even got to plant a little magic garlic at my house! I had a fabulous salad garden and a mediocre salsa garden, but I always had any vegetables that the farm was harvesting that week, and my menu has been full of fresh food for many, many weeks. Fresh salsa has been a staple in these last weeks, along with tomato soup, and frozen vegetables are stuffed into my freezer. Ok, vegetables weren’t the only perks of this season, I genuinely liked my fellow interns and Casey and Lori, I feel so lucky that this particular group of people convened for this season. We had great conversations and discussions and fun too! Someone always seemed to take on just the job I was reluctant to do, or generous in allowing me to do the job I liked doing. It’s a big commitment, and tedious sometimes, but really well worth the time and effort if you can take some time out from your life to learn about good food and farming and friendship.