Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Today, we worked fast, because it rained on and off on Monday, and the weather report anticipated more for, well, today. Speed was of the essence, as if we didn't finish setting up the farmstand and CSA, we wouldn't be able to clear the beds for planting, and the seedlings HAD to be in before the rain. We also had a limited time frame for stringing up the tomatoes, because though they cannot be strung up while wet, they need to be contained before they grow too large.

Tom, the assistant farmer, wasn't here today. I suppose I should explain about Tom. See, Tom used to be a full-time farmer, but he retired. So now he's on the board that runs the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and he assists in the running of the farm. Cool, huh?

So we worked fast, focusing on preparing for the planting and above all working ourselves into a frenzy, and....

No rain.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


My cousin from Florida decided to help today, and with her plus a sudden influx of volunteers, we had a large workforce. We spread out and started weeding, which always needs to be done, especially in the wake of a rainstorm that helps the bastards grow.

My group were regulars, me, Jeremy, and Josh. While we weeded, we talked about music, discussing bands, genres, and venues, asking each other things like 'ever hear of X?', and 'Ever seen a show at Y?' They recommended some...eccentric bands and some good, smaller venues to see them in.

Afterwards, my cousin and I headed home leaving the rest of the weeding to those who stayed.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Worked to morning half day, as my cousin came in to visit in the afternoon. We worked inside the barn today, which was awesome. See, the old barn is going to get rebuilt, so we had to...disassemble the place.

There was a wall, y'see, made entirely of boxes nailed together, and first we used a crowbar and sledgehammer to separate the wall(I used the sledgehammer), then I got to use the sledgehammer to break the boxes into pieces of scrap wood to take to the dump. Dirty, exhausting, FUN work, that lasted me the entire morning.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Two days where less got done, so I'll post them together.

On Wednesday, I arrived at nine due to being tired enough to warrant sleeping an extra half an hour. We worked the far reaches of the field, plucking raspberries to donate to the food pantry. Actually, we harvested almost everything for the food pantry, which is one of the big things the farm does for the community.

Thursday, and we spent the day selling produce, and bunching produce to be sold, and loading produce onto the truck to be taken and sold. During lunch, we played 'soccer', which consisted of one of the farm children kicking a soccer ball at us while we ate.

It was really, er, slightly more fun than it sounds.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Came into work at ten again, stayed till two. Shoulder pain is better, but not gone. Needs more icing.

We spent the remainder of the morning after I arrived harvesting lettuce, carrots, and the last of the sweet peas, which sadly are now going to be plowed under to make room for the next crop. We also began prepping some of the empty fields for planting.

At lunch, we chatted about vegetarians, vegans, lineages, and Judaism and ate a loaf of chocolate bread that my mother made for us.

After eating, two of our four workers left, and the remaining volunteer and I went out with Greg and Tom, the 'assistant farmer', a former farmer, now retired, and weeded the beds that were going to be planted on Saturday.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Past Week

Damn, fell behind here. One more weekly format, then we're back to daily.

This week was an interesting on, schedule-wise, as my injured shoulder swelled up overnight, forcing me to work the afternoon shift while icing it in the mornings.

Tuesday, when I showed up, lunch had just ended. We transplanted hibiscus plants into new pots, harvested carrots and snap peas, and played with the sprinklers to get them to work. Wednesday, I showed up in time for lunch, and we spent about an hour discussing first the 60's, then racism, then the foundation of America as a slave nation, then the status of boyars in pre-revolution Russia. Very farm-centric.

All in all, a productive week, mainly because we finally convinced Greg, who, in case you missed it, has lime disease, to rest instead of work the fields. My god, the man's a machine. xD

Monday, July 7, 2008

Farmer troubles

Farmer Greg was diagnosed today with lime disease. Probably because he works so hard every day, when really he should leave some of it up to us volunteers.

We're going to have to step it up, because he'll need to take antibiotics and sleep.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Gah, I'm getting tired of french numbers

Going to do weekly format this time, for time constraint reasons.

From Tuesday onward: Heavy rains ever day from about noon onward, forcing us to eat lunch inside, and greatly slowing the people who work full days. Eliminates the humidity nicely, though. I injured my shoulder recently, and it hurts a huge amount. Ah, well.

This week was a big planting week, as we seeded six trays of Genovese basil, and planted a bed of lettuce and three of beans. All in all, pretty productive. I learned how to run the farmstand.

Saturday, July 5, 2008


Tuesday, first day of the new week on the farm. Arrived, almost no-one there. We had a bit of a late start due to continuous rains. Once we got started, however, we were using hoes on the squash beds. There was a really cool little event that occurred while we were doing that.

Sam and I were working on opposite sides of the same bed to make it go faster when, suddenly, Sam leapt something like ten feet in the air. A little swallow dropped to the ground. It had landed on him and out of the corner of his eye, looked like a giant, evil moth. xD

So Sam, wearing gloves as to not get human scent on the poor thing, picked it up. It turned out the be a fledgling, who hadn't quite yet mastered flight. We placed him down a bit away from us and kept an eye on him, and his parents-we assumed they were-picked him up.

We laughed about that for the rest of the time while working, then headed off.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Fifth day on the farm was Saturday. We finished up our mulching(joy), and moved on to weeding(exuberance). We weeded huge patches of burdoch, which as I learned can be used medicinally and so is saved to be sold, out of the strawberry patch. Sam came late, and Tali didn't come. Frankly, a day that felt shorter than it was. More wheelhoing as well, not much other action on the day. One week down.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


These are gonna be quick because of the delay. We lost power due to some wicked storms and wind, so I was delayed in posting.

Third day, we started off with more harvesting, same lettuce, spinach, and radishes, in lesser quantities. Then, to the cleaning! Joy. Getting dirty and wet. I used the wheelhoe, which is an exhausting, evil invention, look it up. Then we mowed the lawn all over the farm, wherever there was grass. Then, we ho'ed the entire bed of carrots and squash , weeding all the little...weeds.

Fourth day, Sam was exhausted from over work and slightly sick, so he stayed home and slept. Lucky bastard. So it was just me, Tali, and some woman I didn't know. We spent the entire bloody day spreading wood chips over the farm paths, and then cleaning leftover plants that were harvested and not sold. Two more days in the books, next coming soon.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Yesterday was the second day of work on the farm. This time, Greg was there when I arrived, and so were his two kids. The son will turn eight in July, as he never ceases to remind us, and the daughter is four. The son spent all of yesterday babbling at Sam and I about "Ben 10" and its online game. Today, he was regaling a girl, about my age, whom I had never seen before, about the virtues of certain Pokemon cards. When he was finished talking over everyone else, Greg gave us our jobs. The volunteers were myself, Sam, the young woman whose name turned out to be Tali, a kid who had just graduated from high school named Jeremy, and a couple of others whose names I didn't catch. We were divided into groups to get to work. As the vegetable shares of the farm sponsors are collected on Tuesdays, it was harvest time.

Sam, Tali and I were assigned to first lettuce, then radishes. Apparently, Tali is a regular face around the farm, as we had the two farm children following us the entire time, nattering.

For the lettuce, we(Same, Tali, and I, not the younglings) took knives, reached under each head, and sliced the stem. We did this for 75 heads of lettuce. For the radishes, we gathered them in bunches of threes, rubber-banded them together, and gathered them. 47 of these later,and it was on to cleaning,a very intricate process, involving pointing the hose at rows of dirty radishes and spraying it on the highest setting. I know, complex.

After that...ugh. Weeding. An hour of it before noon,and then it was time for me to return to my abode. Another day finished.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Hullo all. First day on the farm!

First things first--the backstory. I just finished my freshman year at high school, and, frankly? There aren't too many things for a 14 year old to do over the summer. Too old for the camp I went to last year, too young for anyone to hire me. However, my family had a share in a local community farm, run by a farmer named Greg and a group of volunteers. My parents suggested I volunteer there, and, sure enough, they were looking for more workers. So yesterday, a couple of weeks after my finals, I started farming.

8:30--Arrival: I got there Greg. Just some lady I'd never seen with a video camera, scanning the farm. So I sit, unobtrusive and out of the way for a couple of minutes, and, lo and behold, Greg comes out. He speaks with the woman for a little while, then comes over to me. "You're Philip, right?"


"I've got this interview to do. How about you start weeding the cucumbers." Joy. Weeding. Work gloves on(Cukes are extremely prickly), and out into the breach. I worked weeding for about a half an hour, finding some weeds larger than the plants supposedly growing there. At around nine, the second worker showed up. He introduced himself as Sam.

Sam's a college student, and he's been volunteering three weeks longer than me. We weeded together as Greg finished his interview. Once we were finished with our hour and a half weeding job, we were assigned a new one. Twine in a box and posts all around the bed. We strung up all the hanging over cucumbers so they would grow straight. That was about an hour's work, and then, suddenly, out of nowhere, it was noon. To allow time for, y'know, summer relaxation, that's y curtain call. More to come.