Over the past several months, our farm reflections have been written by Intern Jane and we are excited to share that Intern Jane has now come on board with our team as Bounty Farm Assistant Jane! We are thrilled to welcome her to the team! This month’s farm reflections are a combination of reflections tied into her bio and how she came to find herself at the farm. Welcome, Jane!
As the plants on the farm begin to overflow with produce, I find myself in a new role as Farm Assistant. Being able to spend five days a week at the farm is allowing me to develop a deeper relationship with the farm.
I get to see what will be ready to harvest for the markets earlier in the week. I get to see how fast the weeds take over newly planted beds. And I get to be part of tackling projects that take days and weeks to complete, instead of a single morning.
If you had told me five years ago that I was going to be a farmer, and that community farming was the most fulfilling thing I had ever done, I would have been at least mildly surprised. I grew up in Silicon Valley, where the complexity of growing food is overshadowed by the potential of technology.
I knew that I would never be a computer scientist, but I thought I would be an Anthropology professor or researcher. A year ago I graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Anthropology and Health Education. The more I learned about human evolution and health, the more I realized that the root of much of our deep seated issues lay in food and community.
There seemed to be two paths forward once I saw the importance of food. I could conduct research to show that food has major repercussions on our health, or I could be part of the solution implementing what had already been discovered. To decide, I tried both, thinking that research would be the route for me.
I was wrong. Not because I don’t like research, but because I love farming. Before Bounty I worked at Potowot, a community food garden in Arcata for a summer. They hooked me there, and when I moved to Petaluma, I sought out Bounty.
I am excited to help with this year’s harvest and Fall Plant Sale, and look forward to seeing you all at the Farm! I’ll be the one trying to convince the watermelons to ripen faster.