Thursday, May 10, 2012

A New Apprentice

Hello all! Kelly here, the first apprentice to arrive at Solstice Hill for the 2012 season. Melissa will be joining us this weekend. There is, of course, lots of work to do, and we are excited to get a larger crew and really get the ball rolling.

I arrived almost two weeks ago from New York City, where I have lived for the past year and a half. I studied English Literature and Film at SUNY Binghamton, but my love of fresh good food led me down a different path than what my undergraduate focus may suggest.

Spending time in the service industry in New York and working in customer service allowed me to focus my long-term goals. After extensive soul-searching, a future in farming emerged as a likely outlet for my interests and values. Hard work out-of-doors appeals to my body's yearning for exercise and growth, while the constant changes and challenges of agriculture stimulate my mental facilities.

Having been here for just two weeks, I have already learned so much. In the first week, I was lucky enough to witness the complete cycle of plant growth: seeding, preparing beds, transplanting, and of course, weeding... I convinced Clemens to pick a small salad for dinner on Friday night and voila! The farm-to-table loop was complete. Now I am settling in and getting to know the ins and outs of the farm, community, and everything in between.

Solstice Hill is really a beautiful place, and the methods of working with nature provide for near-constant rewards and surprises. I am really looking forward to the upcoming season, and to meeting the people for whom we are growing all of this delicious, nutritious food!

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