One of the local farms, Groundworks Farm, offers a wonderful option to their CSA memebers. Volunteer at the farm in exchange for veggies.
Really? I can volunteer 70 hours over a 4-5 month time period in exchange for between $500 and $600 dollars worth of veggies? I am so ok with that. Not only do we get to actually grow our own food (as well as food for lots of other folks) we get to learn the in's and out's of running a farm. We will learn so much from this exchange of time and energy for fresh, healthy, yummy produce.
Oh, and it's a heck of a work out!
Not sure what that is, but I can't wait to eat some of it!
The hoop house
Working hard to loosen the soil
Can you see what's behind the pallet?
A BIG MAMA PIG
and her cute little piglets.
Oh, and there were lots of these as well.
Yes, her undies were wet by the time we were done.
"Work" got boring, so she decided to play instead.
We had to take another piggie break. They are just so cute!
(yes Jared, we now want piggies on our forever farm)
Emma thought they looked like puppies, especially when they were nursing (cause you couldn't see their snouts).
Snack break. I think it was kinda bright and I didn't have my shades on, hence the funky face.
Or it could just always look like that.
Emma, of course, was just being Emma.
After a change of clothes and a team meeting, we headed for home. While she claims that she didn't actually sleep, she didn't say a word to me for the 30 minute drive home. For her, that would be a record had she actually been awake.
For our first trip out there, we had fun despite the rain and cold. The folks who own the farm are super nice, and they have two interns that are just as nice. Emma and I are looking forward to heading out there every Friday to help with whatever we can do.
If I hadn't been so TIRED when I got home, I would have taken photos of the 4 heads of lettuce (all different kinds), 3 bunches of baby boc choy and 1 bunch of baby beets, but I didn't. I was so tired I almost forgot to put them away, but just as I was about to fall asleep for my nap, I remembered.
We have already started in on the bib lettuce, and it's pretty tasty. Here's what it looked like under our ground pork and beef.
Anyway, you can expect that every so often, we will have updates on our farm adventures. We hope you enjoy them as much as we are sure too!