As this semester comes to a close, I get to look back on all the exciting experiences I had at the time. I never thought I would feel so at home at the farm. Over the semester, I kinda found myself. I found a motivation to want more and better for the farm. I grew a place in my heart for not only the continuation of the farm, but also for Michael. Michael is the perfect fit for the farm. I know he is capable of so much more than the farm, but for the time being, he makes the farm feel a bit like home. I am so thankful for this semester I've been able to spend at the spend and I hope you've enjoyed my blog.
In my last blog post, it was just a title and two pictures... a bit unfinished if you will. Now that I finally have time to sit down and actually have some time to myself, I am going to explain the reason I chose to post those. My day had started off kind of weird. I was just kind of going through the motions. Not really wanting to be at the Howdy Farm. Not wanting to do much of anything. Once I was there and decided to rebuild the stairs (yes, yet again) so I went on to get the tools I needed to do the job. When I walked up to the wheel barrel, I noticed not one, but TWO butterflies coming out of their cocoon. I instantly came out of my funk and was amazed. It was truly just the coolest thing to me and I wanted to share that on here.
So it's the beginning of November which means it's supposed to be consistently cold, right? Well, wrong. The past few weeks The Howdy Farm has gone through all four seasons. Last week the farm experienced nearly freezing temperatures along with rain and wind. Then at the beginning of this week the high one day was 87 degrees. It's extremely confusing and not just for humans. Plants are dependent on the weather and live day to day. So if it is freezing one day and starts warming up, the plants will think that spring is coming and start to bud.... which can be detrimental to their existence. Although the weather has been such a whirlwind, my Kohlrabi and the radishes are growing great. The weeds are also growing just as well as you can see :-)
Last week I wrote about wanting to help make the farm better and the importance of the students to accomplish that. Since my last post, I have spoken with Dr. Lineberger (Dean of the Horticulture department) and Dr. Burgner (Horticulture professor and important man). After speaking with them, I realized something really important... The Howdy Farm Club and The Howdy Farm are one. The job of the club is to keep the farm up and running. With that being said, I have been brainstorming ways that the club can raise / make money and would love to hear any ideas that you might have. The Howdy Farm provides emotional support, volunteer hours, internship opportunities, learning and growth, and so many more priceless, intangible lessons. Join The Howdy Farm Club. Keep the farm alive. Learn how to plant a seed and plant seeds in others.
On another note, I rebuilt the stairs and love them quite a lot. They are pictured to the right.
You're on my blog page for a reason. You're either interested in the HF and want to know more, you accidentally came across the HF and then got interested, or you're checking in on the status of the Howdy Farm. Regardless of why you're here, you need to know that the Howdy Farm needs help!!! Did you know that the farm is not funded by the university? Did you know that the Howdy Farm is only still up and running because of The Howdy Farm Club? Did you know the Howdy Farm only brings in about roughly $3,000/year and that's all it's running on? The Howdy Farm offers SO MUCH to students and needs the students to be able to thrive. I am on a mission to uplift the farm. I know it's a big task to take on, but I have to try. I will keep the blog updated on the status of movement with it. Fingers crossed!!
This week on the Howdy Farm has been full of making the farm look more approachable and appealing. Honestly it has been a ton of work, but seeing the end result is SO rewarding. To start off the week we took ALL of the weeds out around the greenhouses. Then we finished the week by cleaning the Healing Garden area for an event that's happening soon. It sounds funny, but we swept basically swept the grass it looks so good. I know I've been talking about my tan quite a bit on here, but every day that I get darker I am blown away by how quick it happens. Note to all of those reading: If you work outside, wear sunscreen and take care of your skin!!!
Update on the wasps: Michael won and the wasp have either died or relocated... whichever way you'd like to think about it.
To The HOWDY FARM"
"My name is Sam and I will be one of your tour guides today! For starters, have any of you been here before? No? Well let me fill you in on everything from start to finish!!" Today at the farm I was given the opportunity to help Michael with a farm tour. You know, working at the farm is honestly a great way to meet people, learn about things you've never heard about before, and grow as a person along with all the plants you're planting. It's also a wonderful place to work on your farmer's tan if you're wanting one of those. On another note, you can get fantastic entertainment by watching Michael fight wasps... who won? That is to be determined, so keep posted to find out.
Samantha Ray Spiller
A little bit about myself... I am a senior, B.S. horticulture major minoring in geology. I aspire to run my own landscaping company someday. Success to me is not measured in achievements, but the happiness you maintain while doing them.