The Dirt Won’t Come off

I had hoped to blog about my new job after the first week, but with graduation and moving and being tired all the time, I’m only finding the motivation to write about it now. I had forgotten just how exhausting 9 hours of steady work is, but it is so satisfying. I really like this farm, and it’s really cool to work somewhere that produces so much food. This is by far the biggest farm that I’ve ever worked on, and the quantity of produce coming out of the fields each day is astonishing to me. Providing even one person with high quality vegetables is no small feat, but thinking about how many people all across New England are eating produce from this farm is mind-boggling.

One thing that I thought a lot about my first week was just how easy it was for me to get started at a brand new place. I feel like most people, including myself, are always nervous to some degree before starting at a new job, school, group organization, etc. Of course I was a little nervous going in, but once I got there, everything fell into place and went smoothly. Everyone that works there is super nice and helpful, which is probably part of the reason why it was so easy for me to transition, but I think what was most helpful was my previous farming experience and knowledge. Farming is like math in the sense that it is a universal language. Sure, different people have different methods of harvesting, seeding, weeding, and what not, but I feel like once you have worked on a farm for long enough, any minor changes to a technique that you are already comfortable with are negligible. It’s nice to walk into a job and feel confident in your ability to accomplish pretty much any task, and it’s been something that I’ve been very thankful for. I think that the most challenging part of this job in general has been the social aspect of it. Like I said, everyone is extremely welcoming, but they all know each other really well, so trying to fit myself into their already close-knit community has been personally a little bit stressful, but to be fair, most social situations stress me out so I know it’s just going to take some time.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about my future. Even though I try my hardest not to, it seems kind of unavoidable as a recent college grad who is making (sort of) big changes to their life. I’ve been wondering if I really do want to pursue farming or if I should be doing something more academic and ‘worthy’ of my time and energy, but in the end, I just have to remind myself of how wrong the internal and external prejudices that get put on farming are and how I am still very young and can always change and do something different at any point in my life. I’m not locked into the lifestyle that I am currently living, nor will I ever be. For now, I’ll just keep exploring my interests and options and try to get all of the dirt and tomato tar off of my hands.