With our farm apprenticeship over, I wanted to reflect on my last weeks working on Devon Point Farm. The transition of going from weekly CSA pick-ups to preparing the farm for winter was a weird one. It was difficult to wrap my head around the fact that we were not growing food for our summer CSA anymore and were were preparing the farm for winter.
There was still the Winter CSA to take care of, but my duties did not involve that at all. For me, I was done with food. However, being a farmer means you have to have a pretty diverse skill set. The only thing is, you might not know what skills you are going to need until you are actually using them.
In addition to carpenter, electrician, plumber, business entrepreneur, marketing expert, and photographer, I now have added large machinery operator to my resume.
It was by no means an easy summer. The hardest steel goes through the hottest fires as the saying goes. I started the summer with an idea that I wanted to be a farmer, but not 100% confident that I was actually going to pursue it. Even with the 16 hour days, exhaustion, physical pain, and all the other joys that come with farming, I really only have one thing to say about it. I LOVE IT!!!
Over two years ago (more like 4), I felt an itch that something was missing in my life, philosophically. I have figured out how to scratch that itch, and I am going to follow that path fully focused and with passion.