Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Using My Farm Hands

Editors note-I've just realized that I have shared the wrong email address to reserve tickets for the show For the Last 5 Years. If you are still wanting to reserve tickets for it email thelast5years.jso@gmail.com which is the correct email. Sorry!

For just over a year I have had interest in doing something that is know as "WWOOFing". WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.  It's an organization which puts together people who would like to volunteer on farms and farmers who are looking for some extra help. You volunteer your time, doing an agreed upon amount of work, and the family you are working with agrees to house and feed you. I thought it would be a nice opportunity to do some traveling and try some new things. This is something I will do someday. However for right now, not being able to get away, I thought I could try and have the experience closer to home. 

I went to school with a girl who's family owns a small beef farm about a 15 minutes drive from my house. I contacted her and asked if her parents ever had volunteers work on their farm. When I got in touch with her father he was very open to my help and even offered to pay me for my labor. Money aside, I'm jut happy to have someone so willing and able to teach  me a few new things. 

McLaughlin Farm is a small farm in Jackson that specializes in raising grass-fed highland beef. The farm has been in operation since 1932.  On my first day of work John had me running a huge weed whacker in a large prairie. I've never whacked a weed in my life. I felt powerful whacking away those stubborn weeds. Here's my picture. 

Why am I doing this? I really love trying new things. I love learning and each time I do something different I know I can do it again. Not to mention I've had this new found obsession with wanting to learn "guy stuff". A couple months ago someone let me use a power drill and I put together a piece of furniture. That's when the obsession was born. Look for more about me using my new found farm hands and also me learning "guy stuff."