Last September I spent three weeks living and working on Skyberry Farm.
When I booked my ticket to go to Portland, Oregon I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I had no experience working on a farm and I was a little nervous to be honest. I arrived at Skyberry farm and we started working. I began to understand the opportunities organic farming holds and the beauty of fresh, healthy food handled and harvested with a lot of care. There is an endless list of responsibilities and risks that come with starting a farm and taking care of a garden. There is so much to learn, and there is much, as a culture that we risk forgetting.
All the choices we make to eat something produce one kind of agriculture or another. That kind of agriculture produces one kind of nature. Eating is our most powerful engagement. Agriculture has formed our landscape more than anything else in the world.
There are organisations that give people the opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture. An organisation that makes this possible is called WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms). They give people the opportunity to work on organic farms all over the world. WWOOF farms offer a variety of educational opportunities, including growing vegetables, keeping bees, working with animals, making wine, and much more. Above that, staying at a WWOOF farm is a great way to experience a different form of traveling.
I had the opportunity to learn about organic farming and the importance of homegrown food while working together with incredible people from all over the world. This trip inspired me to think about initiatives to start in my very own city. The possibilities are endless; food can be something very powerful that connects us all.
I had such a great time working at Skyberry Farm. We celebrated each second with home-cooked food, jazz music, stars gazing, fireworks, singing nineties hits while harvesting basil, jumping in water, capturing smiles on film, watching the sun set from the top of the roof and ending a day with great conversations with inspiring people.
Thank you Patrick, Garrett, Sid, Ash, Spencer, Joel, Isao, Finley, Pony, Arista, Summer and Derek for putting a smile on my face every hour of the day.
I can’t wait to be back.
- For more information on Skyberry Farm, their future projects, getting your hands dirty and learning about organic farming please don’t hesitate to contact me.