Hello everyone :)
I have finally made the time to write my first blog post for my internship. This was supposed to be a one post per week kinda deal, but life happened. Here I am, 4 weeks later, trying to remember what I did on week one.... lets see how this goes.
I was being the typical, spontaneous, spaz that I normally am... trying to fit every little task, event, project, meal, friend, and God knows what else, into my day. It was my first day working on the Howdy Farm. I conveniently arrived on my bike 30 minutes late- classic Hope move. I was super stressed because I was late, but was also trying to plan in my head how I was going to get everything else done after I left the farm. Not to mention- it was really hot outside and I was not feeling too good. This sounds really dramatic, but I'm sure there is someone out there who can relate.
After all this internal drama, I was told to go help pick some weeds and fertilize a bed for zinnia sprouts. I can't really remember what all I did that day, except for pulling weeds, fertilizing, and helping to build a trellis on the farm. But these were not the lessons that necessarily benefited me the most at that point in time. What made a difference was that for the first time all day, I was able to think clearly. I needed that time on the farm to help calm me down and give me a change of perspective. Looking back , I didn't have any major epiphanies that made me better understand plants, but I do remember that when I was through, I went to class covered in dirt and sweat, but without an ounce of stress. And this my friends, is why I love plants.
A little background about me- I grew up working/designing in my backyard with my mom. This was one of my biggest outlets as a child and teenager. I dealt with a lot of stress from family issues by working out in the yard. There were some days growing up that I would not know how to handle my emotions, and the next thing I knew, I would find myself weeding the whole yard, or removing every river rock from the border of the gardens, rinsing, and placing them back where they fit perfectly. I am a firm believer in the positive phycological effects of gardening. Something about working with your hands in the Earth when you can't quite figure out what is going on in your brain, has such a therapeutic power of people. It provides an opportunity to connect with creation and see how beauty can grow out of anything,
This is one of the reasons I love my major- Landscape Architecture. My desire is to bring beautiful green spaces to people who are living in extremely dense city settings, such as New York City. I want city kids to have the same emotional outlet like I had. By being a Landscape Architect, I can help bring urban agriculture and green design to people who are in need of an opportunity to interact with the beauty of nature.
I said all this to make the point that the Howdy Farm has already benefited me immensely- even though I can only fit 3 hours per week there this semester. I have made a small goal for my internship there this semester, and that is to practice living in the moment when I am there. Not planning my day, not worrying about what I am supposed to do, but just working with my hands, getting some clarity and learning about the farm.