May has been a time to celebrate, that's for sure. Our three interns arrived and got right to it. All are eager to learn as much as possible about organic farming, animal husbandry, beekeeping, and so much more. They couldn't have arrived at a better time -- plants were getting to the harvest stage, the weeds were starting to overtake crops, a lot of plants needed to get transplanted, beds need to be prepared for seeding, seeding salad greens started on a weekly cycle and all of this needed to be watered with the unseasonably warm temperatures...Tristan and I were getting overwhelmed! With great appreciation for their contributions, let me introduce you to our interns this season.
Nate joined us as soon as he could after completing his second year in Sustainability studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Originally from Ottawa, Nate has helped out with the family garden and brings with him a meticulous approach to tasks. He is also up for any challenge and did a great job getting the drip line set in the summer squash and pickling cuke beds. He followed that up with organizing drip tape in the greenhouse for our cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, and basil.
Christy comes from a culinary arts background and is keen to learn more about growing food from the seed up. She has spent many hours in the strawberry patch, liberating them from grass, dandelions and other weeds. And steadfastly took on hand weeding beets and carrots -- a most uncomfortable job. She has also been the steward of the greenhouse on market days, making sure the plants are well watered. Her gentle spirit is truly appreciated, and she is a fantastic baker/cook, to boot! How lucky are we : ).
Nick also comes from a culinary arts background and the food conversations we have while weeding and transplanting are so enlightening. His professional, kitchen-born enthusiasm for incorporating the freshest of the fresh veg from the farm is contagious! As are the descriptions of the various facets of metal music -- I had no idea that it was so intricate and layered. I look forward to having a more nuanced ear by the end of the season! Nick has a fantastic "get 'er done" attitude and I am struggling to keep up with these three. They just plough through the work.
I hope you have the chance to meet them this season -- they will be helping out at the Saturday markets starting in June!
After helping to organize the Certified Organic Associations of BC Conference in Chilliwack, things on the farm got to a late start. That, in combination with chasing after a toddler and the intern we hoped would start first going to another farm, meant that things have been very, very busy. Spring has flown by and this post will consist of photos that show some of what's happened over the past three months...
Photo credit: Martín Bustamante