If you’ve been reading my posts, you know by now I feel very strongly that Claire grow up with a strong connection to her food sources. Some of those pieces are Confessions of a Farm Addict, and Get Your Growing On!. This year, just before the growing season began, I was chatting with one of our favorite local farmers, Daren Hall of George Hall Farm, and asked if there was any chores that I could do with a three-year old in tow. Turns out there was, and we scheduled a couple Sunday mornings where Claire and I could come for a few hours and volunteer our time. Having been a CSA member for many years, I have seen how hard Daren and his crew work to keep up with the demands. I always wanted to be able to give something back, as well as learn something myself, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity!
The first morning we went, it was a bit mundane. We raked out the lawn in front of the farm where the CSA pickup is every week. I know, I know- it’s just as important to create a pleasant receiving area for the farm’s clients, and we were happy to help. Our second visit, though, was where I wanted to be. With the food!! Our first stop was the greenhouse, where all the little sprouts needed a drink.
Once that was done, we headed to the fields where the herb bed needed to be weeded. In all my gardening years, my plots have always been relatively small so all weeding was done by hand. I actually had to ask Daren to show me how to use the hoe! He had me work the thyme rows, and that had to be the most wonderfully fragrant weeding I’ve ever done- I loved it. After that, we moved to the kale greenhouse to weed in there- the kale were so big that I nearly lost Claire!
All in all, we had a wonderful experience, and had I not had another function to go to, we would have stayed longer. It was a few hours well spent, and Claire now knows her way around the farm pretty well. Hopefully, we were helpful enough that Daren will have us back! For now, our first CSA pickup is Tuesday- I can’t wait! It’s not too late to join one- go to www.ctnofa.org to find a local CSA near you!