“Farming is hard work.” A sentence I have heard dozens of times, from dozens of people. When I tell people, “I am going to work on a farm,” it is their immediate response. After my first week working full time on a sustainable farm, I can now say from experience, that farm work is indeed hard.
We work back-to-back 12 hour days Monday through Friday, and an 8 hour day on Saturday. We are up with the sun, and work until it starts to get dark. The tasks we do are hard on the body, and the stresses of farm finances are tough on the mind. I have worked muscles that I have not worked in years, and some that I didn’t know I had. Riding a bicycle across the country is a cake-walk when compared to what I have done this week on Devon Point Farm.
With all the hours in the sun, with the sore muscles, and the dirt that never seems come out from under my finger nails, how do I feel about farming? Three words… I love it. I have never been so happy to be worked so hard in my entire life. Since being on the farm, I have had nothing but healthy food, fresh air, and rewarding work. I have seen animals give birth, plants spring to life, and experienced the observable rewards of my hours of toil in the fields.
Everything I do yields a satisfying result. We will work for hours bending over planting thousands of seedlings, working to the point where we want to scream with the monotony of the task, and the back pain from bending over. Though at the end of the day, we are able to look back and see the fields we have planted, imagine the healthy food that it will provide for hundreds, and the nourishment it will provide for our own bodies. We do all this while having a positive effect on the environment, without using any chemicals, and forging life-long relationships with the earth, and our fellow farm workers.
Here is a photographic “week-in-review” of our first days on Devon Point Farm.
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