As in I am moving up to….
I’ve been wanting to write about this for awhile but first wanted to make sure my visa application cleared. Technically it hasn’t… but the paperwork has been sent over and given my lack of a criminal record I expect it to be all good.
Come May I will be packing my car & venturing north to spend the remainder of 2012 working on a biodynamic farm in Acton, Ontario (outside Toronto). I decided to temporarily put grad school on hold & put forth all my energy towards sustainable agriculture.
I am sure many of you are not familiar with biodynamic farming as it’s not common in most everyday conversation. The website for Biodynamics Farming & Gardening Association describes it as such: “Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Homeopathic preparations made from manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.” So, those who know me well, can see how perfect of an opportunity this is. Combines just about everything I am passionate about.
So, what will I be doing? Everything a production farm entails. Majority of the season I will be working all day in the gardens producing for their CSA, farmers’ market and on-farm store. Closer to fall, after the height of produce season, I will be able to spend time gaining hands-on experience with the animals. I also hope to dabble in some beekeeping as well as taste some very local, fresh maple syrup straight from the farm.
While I will be sad to temporarily leave all my wonderful friends and the Burgh behind, I cannot wait to get back working the land all day, every day. My hopes are to return to PA in December a more confident farmer, one who better understands the connection between the cosmos and the soil, plant, and animal health
And I can’t mention Canada without sharing how excited I am to soon be in the same country as AIMEE!!! Yeay! Don’t mind the 30 hour plus car ride in between each other… at least we can call each other sans international phone charges! :)