The first four weeks of the semester have gone by quickly and some of us have our first round of exams upon us at the end of this week. Meanwhile, on the farm, time goes at a different pace. A hefty portion of our time so far has been spent weeding, and otherwise we have been planting seed or preparing transplant plugs for the green house.
A word on weeding: weeding is a tedious, repetitive, messy task. And this is precisely why I love it so much. Day to day life is nonstop action and stimulation. We rush to class, cram lecture notes down on the page, finish that homework assignment, juggle student organization meetings, meet friends for lunch, and carry on in this way every day of the semester. Sometimes we just need that twenty minutes, hour, or four hours of weeding to not be worried about the next moment and only see what’s in front of you. Time moves exactly how it’s supposed to; try not to jump the gun.
Speaking of getting ahead of ourselves, my internship project is in “hurry up and wait” mode. A tough position to be in, as I am really excited for this project! Every intern is required to have a project and work on it throughout the semester. Mine is a permaculture herbal tea garden. So far we have decided to plant chamomile, hibiscus, ginger, passion fruit vine, and bananas. Corey and I might be adding to this list, but I’m not sure. All we have done so far is put a new edge boards around the plot and put up a trellis for the passion vine.
Now, I will have future blog post going in depth, but I will try to give a short explanation of permaculture here. Permaculture is designing an agricultural ecosystem to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Instead of planting all one sort of plant in one row and completely clearing that out for next growing season to be planted with something different, permaculture intends to be more hands off once it is set up and a more, well, permanent planting. I promise it will make more sense when I write an in depth post on the subject.
By the time of my next post, I expect things on the farm to begin picking up speed. We’ve set up the nursery space just today to bring plants out of the greenhouse soon, the temperature is rising, and new growth is on the way.