Farmers in Training Journal

<p style=”padding:10px;”>Journal entries below are from Interns in our Farmer Training Program. These entries are mean to provide insight into the world of farming from the view of newcomers, and serve as an educational resource for our community. We hope you enjoy these journal entries as much as our interns enjoy their time on the farm! </p>

Latest Posts

  • Returning to the Source – Will Floyd – Entry 09 As I prune the plant, I prune myself The withered and old, the decayed and dessicated It remains without attention   The whole will survive, but not thrive I hang on to it, it does not wish to die Nor I But I am already dead, for I was never born There is nothing to fear   Let go of the rot, it is not ...
  • Beetles, Beetles, Everywhere! – Will Floyd – Entry 08 If someone visits Sarvodaya these days, they will probably notice a peculiar new creature calling the farm home. Large swarms of big, iridescent green June beetles (aka the figeater beetle, Cotinus mutabilis) have dominated the air space around the crops. These things are incredibly clumsy, flying into fences, plants, and other objects, quite frequently smacking you ...
  • Life, Death, and Food — Kimberly Kirner — Entry 6 "Field A" sign and California native plantsTwo gophers have been trapped and died since I arrived at the farm.  They’re terrifically destructive little beasts.  One of them took out 15 tomato plants before he succumbed to his love of peanut butter, smeared on a trap.  I have uncomfortable, mixed feelings about this. Food is the result of a cycle of life and ...
  • Entry 9 – “I’m not killing it” by Reshama Damle Perhaps it’s the heat that’s convoluting my thinking patterns or the extra chocolate I’ve been sneaking into my dinners during this birthday week, but now that I’ve had some space and time and reflection, I realized that I’m…how should I put this…not killing it!…so to speak. I am taking this time on the farm to really look ...
  • Entry 8 – “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to sink” by Reshama Damle This week I’ve noticed that some of my nursery seedlings are wilting. It’s just too hot. I give them more water and they totally dried out. No matter how much more, the water just gets sucked up into the air and just never sinks in. We feed them with water only once in the morning three times ...
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