Monday at the Good Earth
Monday on the farm is a long day of intense sunlight and constantly switching tasks. Here’s a taste of what we did today:
- Walked through the whole watering system and patched leaks (over a dozen of them)
- Picked two bushels of peppers, two bushels of squash, and one bushel of lemon cucumbers
- Picked Serpant cukes and tomatillos
- Washed and dried all of the above veggies
- Packed almost a dozen CSA boxes with the above veg, plus a bunch of veg that we processed over the weekend
- Hoed all around the circumferance of two hoophouses, gathered up all of those weeds, and took them to compost
- Placed sprinklers inside the hoophouses, getting ready to plant
Several interns then drove away with CSA boxes, out for delivery. I stayed back to write.
The work is long and sometimes tiring, but not as bad as I expected. We’re up at 7am and usually done by 1 or 2, which is quite manageable. It’s different for the interns and people who actually, you know, get paid to work here, but they’re pretty easy on us lowly WWOOFers.
Jeff and Nancy (my hosts at the Good Earth farm here in South Dakota) are super nice, and fun and interesting to talk to.
One of the interns here plays guitar and mandolin quite well. . . So we’ve been jamming, which is tons of fun.
Everything is going well, and I’m enjoying WWOOFing a lot. Much more than my video on Saturday implied (I guess I had the blues that day).
It’s funny how different a Monday is on a farm, as apposed to working in IT. Mondays in IT are full of meetings, and figuring out what you’re going to need to do in the next week (aka how much sleep you’re going to lose this week). It’s kind of mind-numbing a lot of times, and you look forward to Tuesday where you can put your head down and actually do some work.
Mondays on the farm are all about catching up, since you took a break the day before. And also getting a head start on whatever else you need to do for the week. There was a meeting about what we needed to do, but it was brief, and then everyone left to do their thing. Mondays on the farm are definitely physically exhausting, but at least you have a clear idea of what you need to do.
They’re completely different Monday experiences, and both have good and bad sides. And both have the potential to beat you into the ground, if you let them.
Don’t let them do that.
It’s just another Monday.blog comments powered by Disqus