Category Archives: Interns

Meet the interns: Marilyn

Marilyn wise, caring, and full of life has been an invaluable member of our team this year.  She couldn’t decide on a favorite vegetable, so we decided to  go with beautiful flowers.  They pale in comparison to her vibrant smile.

Who are you?  Marilyn Luna
Age: 27
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Favorite color: Black
Favorite vegetable: Luckily, I love all vegetables. As a vegan, I’d be running into some issues if I didn’t.
Ah, except for radishes. No. No, thank you.
Why farming?
As a personal trainer, I have been living under this notion that the path to good health and vitality is through hard work at the gym. Recently, I’ve found myself questioning if this is truely so. We in fact have lived an infinitely greater amount of time as rural folk than an urbanized and confined species. This observation lead me to wonder if we were potentially doing it all wrong. When living in suburban sprawl, or in the city as I once was, everything and anything that was accessible to me was processed and/or shipped from across the country, if not the world. I felt that the combination between nurishing myself in this way, and routinely fragmenting my body for the sake of vanity at the gym, was not the way we were intended to function as human beings. In short, I wanted to test my theory.
Ultimately, working out in nature has felt the most natural. Having my body work as a whole, all muscles in unison, to accomplish a task feels much more fluid than any isolated bicep curl I have ever done. I’d like share this experience with my family back home and eventually build a homestead for my parents to thrive on.
Funny field experience.
I excitedly ran the length of a bed with drip-tape in hand as it unrolled from the opposite end, only to be violently jerked to the side as I came to a screeching halt. I tripped over myself and fell onto my right shoulder, laying inch deep in compost.
Top 3 favorite farm-related work tasks.
Hilling Potatoes: Great workout.
Harvesting tomatillos: It’s like exploring a secret garden with delicate green lanterns that lead the way.
Weeding: Such a great sense of accomplishment once done.
Least favorite farm-related task.
Covering crops after planting.
Killing insects who present themselves as pest (except for flies).
Tolerating flies, especially horse flies.
Music I like to listen to while working the fields…
Anything and everything. I was on a 90’s kick when I first arrived, thanks to Pandora radio. Lately, it depends on the task. Harvesting: something relaxing and lyrically captivating such as Mumford and Sons. When planting or weeding, something more upbeat such as Foster the People or a remix of Somebody that I used to know. When working in the greenhouse/cleaning after harvest, ambient music is key. Tycho, Proem, Ulrich Schnauss are some of my favorites.
What I hope to be doing in 5 years…
Living happily with my fiancé, Zach. Balancing a strong, healthy relationship with my sister and family back at home while simultaneously traveling around the country, exploring new farms and investing time on my greatest passion, writing.
On a day off you can find me…..
Hiking, reading, writing, shooting pool, cooking, spending time with Zach, chatting it up with my sister Carolyn at a local coffee shop, partaking in day/half day trips with Laura and Carolyn, running errands, doing laundry, taking time for some introspection…
Hobbies, activities I enjoy are…
Reading, writing, learning, cooking, hiking, rock-climbing, biking, kayaking, climbing trees, daydreaming…
Fun fact about me:
I love sweet potato fries with vegan ranch dressing.
Another fun fact about me:
I sometimes snort when I laugh… which then makes me laugh even more.

Meet the interns: Carolyn

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*We do not condone this behavior for sanitary reasons…but she refuses to listen:)
Without further ado we present Carolyn!  Our resident artist, avid animal lover, cucumber enthusiast and all around loveable lady!
Who are you? Carolyn Luna
Age: 19
Hometown: Chicago, IL                 
Favorite color: Lime Green
Favorite vegetable: Cucumbers… they’re so refreshing!
 
Why farming?
I love being active outdoors and feel that knowing where our food comes from is very important, especially now when local and environmentally responsible food production is scarce. Farming has brought these two interest together has provided me with a lifestyle I truly love!
Funny field experience.
Once while making Compost Tea, I tripped on the hose and spilled the fish and molasses solution all over myself. I smelled fantastic…
Top 3 favorite farm-related work tasks.
Harvesting Potatoes
Harvesting Carrots
Tying Tomatoes
Least favorite farm-related task.
Scuffle Hoeing
Music I like to listen to while working the fields…
Owl City, Jack Johnson, Rise Against, 311, Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution
What I hope to be doing in 5 years…
In 5 years, I’d hope to establish a homestead for my family and friends. I would also like to be in the midst of planing a backpacking trip through New Zealand!
On a day off you can find me…..
Reading, sketching, practicing guitar, munching on veggies, dread maintenance and dancing while I clean!
Hobbies, activities I enjoy are…
Art of all sorts, crafting projects, writing poetry and prose, and I’ve recently decided to take up yoga and perhaps give break dancing another go at.
Fun fact about me:
My nickname on the farm is Shorts… occasionally Jorts.
Another fun fact about me:
I tend to find many things cute.

Meet the Interns: Laura

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(Laura was asked to pose with her favorite vegetable…she opted for the zucchini)  We support her choice.
We like Laura lots!  We think you will too.
Who are you?  Laura
Hometown:   Chester, NY
Age: 25
Favorite color: green
Favorite vegetable: tie between zuchinni and brussels sprouts
Why farming?
Went to school to be a teacher, but didn’t find a job doing that, so I took an outdoor education job with the National Park Service.  I realized I like being outside too much to be a classroom teacher, so then I worked on an educational farm.  I plan on, at some point, making my own farm an educational based endeavor.
Previous experience in this field?
Growing up on dairy farm, Grandparents’ ginormous vegetable garden (like, almost an acre), parents’ garden and the two farms from above.
Top 3 favorite farm-related work tasks.
Greenhouse work
Planting
Scuffle Hoeing
Least favorite farm-related task.
Separating seed flats or hanging garlic for like…a month straight.
Music I like to listen to while working the fields…
Progressive bluegrass like Splitlip Rayfield or Trampled by Turtles or what the internet tells me is classified as “Indie Pop” like Dr. Dog and Edward Sharpe
What I hope to be doing in 5 years…
Growing vegetables for 200-250 CSA members on my family’s land, living in an actual structure full-time and owning a badass dog.
On a day off you can find me…..
Around the house, baking bread, quilt-making, canning, reading, or patching all the holes I put in my clothes during the week.  And also, going to the library all the time.
Hobbies, activities I enjoy are…
Building things, making crafts
Fun fact about me :
I’ve owned two cows in my life (Penelope and Lily)