I grew up in what I used to consider a small town in Southwestern Ontario, yet I now know better after living in a few true small towns. I spent the last four years in Montreal completing a B.Sc in Environmental Science at McGill University. While I chose this degree by chance, it uncovered and cultivated the environmentalist inside of me whose existence was unbeknownst to me at the time.
After completing my degree and embarking on quite a miserable job search, I stumbled upon the possibility of a farming internship. I jumped at the opportunity as I have always wanted to learn more about organic agriculture and how to produce my own food, ethically. Whether this internship will bring me down the farming road or simply prepare me to grow a self-sustaining garden has yet to be determined; my future is still a bit foggy.
I wasn’t sure what to expect before arriving at the farm as every single thing would be (and has been) a new experience for me. I had to accept the fact that I was clueless about everything, which is a feeling I am not used to. I quickly learned to swallow my pride and ask every question that comes to mind, no matter how obvious the answer may seem!
Despite the sometimes demoralizing cluelessness that ensues, I really enjoy working on the farm. I feel so at peace and in tune with nature every day, no matter the task, rain or shine, and despite the constant buzzing and biting of black flies, mosquitoes, and deer flies. I have yet to be given a task on the farm that I dislike or find mundane! From the transplanting hundreds of tomato plants, to the endless weeding, to the daily animal care, I find enjoyment and repose in every task. I think Sheila is more enthusiastic about me taking time off from the farm than I am! I love to be outside and active every day and getting up close and personal with the earth. I cannot wait to watch the fields become a diverse display of delicious organic fruits and vegetables, and to be a part of such a fundamental aspect of human life.
A friend and fellow gardener said to me before I left, “growing food is simply the best time spent;” I am starting to agree.