July 29th. The end of a full weekend. All my daughters were here for their cousin’s wedding, and a very happy affair it was. Intern Rivka Switala left this morning after a 4 month internship. So much gratitude for her excellent help! I’m taking time to catch up and post some recent photos taken by new intern Sarah Boehm, a teacher from Massachusetts.
This week brought rains giving over an 2 inches of needed moisture. The garden has responded with bright colors and ripening vegetables. These are crookneck squash with a visiting honeybee.
Sun Gold tomatoes in all stages.
Close-up of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz on the barn roof this morning.
Sarah and Rivka spent some time visiting the sheep and in the tipi and then Sarah conducted this interview:
Sarah: Since arriving at Three Roods Farm earlier this week, Rivka, who has been here since April, has been my guide. She showed me the secret to collecting eggs without getting pecked and how to know when the cucumbers are ripe for picking.
Sarah: What brought you to Three Roods Farm?
Rivka: I was here for a week in 2011, preparing for an Ag-Forestry program with the Peace Corps. During my stay I received an invitation to go to Ukraine. I spent several months there. After returning to the States, Robin found me on facebook and invited me to come and do an internship this summer.
Sarah: What has been your favorite project at the farm?
Rivka: The act of moving the sheep, known as rotational grazing. Watching them leap after Greg opens the fence has been an entirely new experience. Watching the lambs grow has been really rewarding.
Sarah: Have you eaten any foods here that you had not eaten previously?
Rivka: Greg’s fermented oats for breakfast. Edible weeds like lambs quarters. Different meats such as lamb liver and lamb heart. I never knew how delicious lamb heart was.
Sarah: How has the farm changed since you arrived?
Rivka: The whole place has changed altogether: there were no crops planted when I arrived, and now as you can see the place is full of all different sorts of plants. In the spring we did more forestry because it was too cold to plant. But after it warmed up our time has been consumed in growing food.
Sarah:Have you changed at all during your time here?
Rivka: I feel more open, more connected with nature and like I have a deeper understanding of the earth. It has created in me a peaceful balance.
Sarah: What lessons have you learned these four months?
Rivka: Maintaining patience and seeing projects through. I’ve learned that if something doesn’t go according to the plan you can start over with something new, which often times works out better.