This year we have an intern and two staff working with us, as well as a succession of wwoofers, and a team of Workshares trading hours for produce.
Michelle Rowland – Urban Farm Hand
Michelle is a student at Queen’s University studying Religious Studies and Global Development. Michelle learns about community involvement in her studies but wishes to pursue this passion in daily life. One of the things Michelle loves about the farm is meeting and working with all kinds of people. She has learned about the importance of being able to adapt to new situations in the workplace. Michelle bakes the cookies and granola for market every week and assists in harvesting the vegetables for the CSA and for market. The looks Michelle gets while riding around town in the bike trailer are priceless!
Theressa LeCraw – Intern
Theressa took some time off from her masters to explore urban farming with us. Having been a CSA eater, getting our weekly vegetable baskets, in the past, she knew the benefits of the freshest food first hand. Now, in the field, she is gaining knowledge, and the health impact of working directly with the land. Theressa works in everything from bed preparation to harvest. Her key skill is currently prepping beds for re-seeding, including precisely and safely handling the tiller.
Theressa has planted a beautiful garden of her own, and keeps it up in her “spare” time. She plans to go back to her masters, but might she become a farmer in the end?
Colleen Kennedy – Urban Farm Hand
Colleen dreams of being a farmer. After 10 years in the food industry she’s decided to make the switch. Here’s some of her story from this year so far:
This 2014 season, I have had the privilege of working for two CSA (community supported agriculture) farms, one an urban farm- Main St Market Farm- the other rural- Root Radical Farm.
At Main St Market I am trained in every step of the process- except germination- and some of my daily tasks are as follows: -soil blocking, seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, preparing beds
One of the unique aspects of the urban farm is the multiple plots utilized, including usage of community gardens, backyards etc. The Shiitake Lot has been a highlight, which has been generously offered by a kind citizen, and has offered me an unexpected and intriguing learning experience. Additionally, working at the Memorial Farmer’s Market on Sundays has been rewarding as I am able to personally connect with the community and share food knowledge.
I work at Root Radical primarily as a harvester, which gives me the opportunity to focus solely on the complete harvesting process; picking, washing/trimming,weighing, packing
I now feel confident in identifying peak ripeness of many fruits and vegetables, maintaining integrity of product and processing efficiency.
The combined experiences of these farms and working under two seasoned farmers has given me the foundation to plan for my own farm. I am also grateful for the CRAFT days, which I believe to be highly beneficial and excellent means of creating dialogue and skill-sharing within the agricultural world.
Sawano Ito – wwoofer
Sawa may appear to be in the background in this photo, but like most WWOOFers on our farm she featured large. With ox-like strength and quick insight, Sawa quickly fit into our team and made herself indispensable. No matter what tasks she was given, she completed them with ease. Her energy and outlook brought our team together. She moved on to work on another Canadian farm before returning to her studies in America. Another WWOOFer followed after her, and we’re always accepting new WWOOFers.