It's incredible to think that it's already been three weeks since Emily started! She is settling in nicely, helped us with the farm purge weekend, and has furthered Avé's baking and painting pursuits. It's been great having Emily here -- being from Vernon, she is already familiar with quite a few people in our social world and was even a CSA member of the farm where Tristan's sister is at; such a small world! Her grounded and easy-going nature means she is able to roll with what farming (and the weather) has to offer, not always a linear process.
Not only did she form almost 2,000 soil blocks for our early corn transplants, she has pruned and tied the raspberry patch, dug up the over-wintered parsnips, took the plastic off the greenhouse, finished dismantling our tomato zone, started weeding the new strawberry patch and garlic, designed our summer CSA poster, and is working on new egg signs for market. Amazing contributions so far.
In addition to her work on the farm, she is finishing off her Industrial Design program at Emily Carr (including a soil biology practicum here) and heading out to rock climbing spots with her partner, Duncan, any chance she can.
Photo credit: Martín Bustamante