I have the good fortune of being blessed with a mother who listens to my ever changing ideas and when she sees something that might be of interest to me, she sends it my way. So thanks to Mom, I’ll be spending a week living and working on an organic farm run by the Sisters of Charity at the end of July.
This all came about because my mom read, in the Catholic New York newspaper, an ad seeking volunteers for the Sisters Hill Farm. Volunteers would plant, weed, and harvest for the farm which has a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. She left me the name and number of the contact person. I googled the place and mom was spot on. It sounded like the perfect opportunity. I have a growing interest in eating local food and have twice participated in CSA programs (and written posts on the topic here). I also have done plenty of volunteering with women religious and have loved every experience (see my posts about Sr. Cathy and Mississippi). And ever since I found out you could basically travel the world living and working on organic farms in exchange for room and board with WWOOF, I’ve wanted to “test out” my stamina for the work. No need to plan on three months of farming in Italy only to find out I can’t stand it! So a one-week test drive sounded perfect.
Yesterday I found out I was accepted into the program – but only after I assured them that I have no physical problems that would prevent me from squatting down to weed (and being able to get back up again!). I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on my experience July 24-31:)