Oh my word, I am so tired. I really only got in three days of honest work (plus a morning at the farmer’s market) in my first week on this farm where I’ll be living through the fall, but I already realize how out of shape I am. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to bed at 10 p.m. on a Saturday, but you could not have paid me to stay up past that this week!
The season’s farm activities are not yet in full swing, but moved here this early in the season because I want to experience the farming process from start to finish in one place (unlike traveling from farm to farm as I have over the past two years). It just happens that this year’s farming is off to an exceedingly slow start in Kentucky. As a result of the continuing winter-like weather, we haven’t been able to do very much work in the fields. The farmers and I are anxious to do so, if for no reason other than we and the farm’s customers are desperate for some fresh spring veggies.
Instead of ground prep and planting, we spent the week with most of our focus on making improvements to the animal infrastructure. This worked out well for me, because I’m happy to do anything with/for the animals, even if that involves hauling 100 shovels full of sawdust into a greenhouse/winter chicken house. Once work with the vegetables gets into full swing, I’ll only be dreaming of time to do much work with the critters.
The below-freezing nights have also kept me from moving into the trailer where I’ll be living during my time on the farm. I did finally get to spend a few nights there—just enough to confirm my suspicion that I brought WAY too much stuff with me. (I can travel around the world with a 60-liter rucksack, but I can’t move to the other side of the state without three suitcases and nine pairs of shoes.) These few nights have also given me the opportunity to announce my presence and intentions to the mice, who are not exactly happy to see me.
Overall, this first week has been an excellent lesson in patience from all angles. I have a feeling I’m going to have several lessons of this type over the next seven months.