On Sunday, I received a letter from a former Swarthmore Co-op employee, Dori. She recently left the Co-op to intern with Utility Research Garden in Texas. While it’s always sad to see an employee leave the (swa)coop, I always love to hear how he or she is doing and what he or she is up to.
Just emailing you with an update on my farm experience! I am interning at the Utility Research Garden in Jones Creek on the Gulf Coast of Texas. So far weather has been extremely warm and I am loving it (except for the mosquitos!). I live in an air stream trailer with 2 other interns and work alongside 5 migrant workers from Honduras. By the time I leave here I may be fluent in Spanish!
Every day I wake up at sunrise ready for a new learning experience. So far I have had the opportunity to do greenhouse work, plant, weed, tend chickens, make and spread compost tea among other things. I am also in the process of updating the farms promotional materials and building a CSA community in Jones Creek! On Saturdays I go to the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market in Houston and help with setup/breakdown and running the market. The owner even lets me drive the giant flatbed farm truck…you should see the stares that I get when driving that enormous thing!