In the face of all the demands of farming it is easy to let slip the chance to pause and consider all that has gone well in a season! We can become too focussed on the crop that is not doing well, the chickens that are not laying, the rain that has not come. One thing that went very well for our farm last summer was our amazing team of interns. We are long overdue in thanking them. We introduce them here with great gratitude for their incredible commitment, their steadfast reliability and, as needed, a whacky sense of humour. It is a gift to any farmer to feel they have a team of willing workers behind them. It is an even greater gift that when the going gets tough with harvesting in the rain, endless weeding, and long hours in the field capped by an exhausting chase of escaped pigs through the fields, that your team hangs in with you without complaint and even finds the humour in it. We know the success of our 2014 season is in large part the result of our super interns: Alyssa, Charles and Maddie and you will find them in our Super Hero photo. When Alyssa headed back to university in September, we welcomed Diana who stepped up to the job with a similar commitment and resilience. There is an immense amount of knowledge that only living and working on a farm can give a person. That is the main reason we are part of the intern program. One lesson though we can all be reminded about is the importance of stopping and taking time to say thanks for a job well done to the good people that cross our path.
We follow our thanks with some reflections from Maddie about life on Willo’Wind Farm!
“I worked at Willo’Wind Farm full-time from the end of April to the beginning of November. It was an awesome experience full of hard work and positive memories. We worked long days sometimes, but we also played late into the night too. I’m not sure I’ve ever worked for such appreciative and patient people before. There were many learning opportunities whether it was in the kitchen, the fields, or with the livestock. Though there wasn’t always a set time to sit down and pick their brains you could always ask a question in passing, while cleaning or picking vegetables or when helping with the livestock. Not to mention we also had workshops and field walks on occasion. We were really a part of every aspect of the farm from bed prep to market. Truly a fantastic learning opportunity and fantastic people to boot!”
As our interns move on to next chapters in their lives we want them to know that they too are
now part of the roots of life for our farm. Our hope is that they carry in their hearts love and respect for farmland which feeds not only the body but also the soul.