|Last Interns Standing! Family Photo - Front Row: Megan, Myself, Kristy, Mae + Anton. Back Row: Casey O' "Crew Chief" Leary|
|One of the last mornings at Cymry's Plot. Enchanting!|
The last day of my farm internship at Earthly Delights Farm was this past Thursday and as separation anxiety would want it, I'll continue to meet up with Casey + whoever else of the Season 8 farm crew to work on cleaning, threshing, winnowing + packaging seed. I had a pretty big accomplishment this season with the farm. I was the first person to complete an entire season from day 1 to the last day on the farm, every work party - heck, even the parties thrown by one of the crew having nothing to do on the farm, + every conference + other meet ups in between this March to just about November timeline. Based off of Casey + I's mutual love for a Johnny Paycheck song + my days of extreme love/hate relationship (changing by the hour or task at hand) I proposed that the name of the award be the "Take this Job and Shove It Award of Attendance Excellence."
|I never thought I'd be a Potato Farmer...Oh, Idaho!|
|July 3rd | Farm Tour at Janie Burn's place! Great woman, fun day!|
|Warning: May contain Botanical Sexual Content. Male + Female Squash Parts!|
1. Sex Ed
|Birds + Bees.|
|Striptease in Progress!|
|Austin, creating female farmers all over the world.|
2.Swearing + Other Inappropriate Language/Conversation
Maybe it was just that we were a very encouraging crop of interns. With the mention of our overly used "that's what she said" and our appreciation for shapely squashes I'm sure you wouldn't be surprised to know that farmers also have quite the mouths on them. I tried to tone it down with "Gosh dang's" + "Son of a pup's" - but by the end of the first month (if even that far) my profanity had risen to a comfortable level. Let's just say, we could battle it out with truckers (I've heard they're known for their potty mouths). Also, we'd win that battle 9 times out of 10. When the leader of the pack is no saint to this stuff + recommends you tone down your language + jokes, you know you've succeeded. $@*% yeah!
|Always a good idea on the farm!|
|Sip it ... Riiiiight!|
First Farm Party
|Cheers to the last day of harvest!|
An honorable mention goes to Anton for showing up still drunk for the day in which he was supposed to organize + lead the volunteers that had came to work for "Intern Appreciation Day" - one being a possible future intern there to check it out. We were supposed to have the day off, but circumstances lead to 3 of us showing up to work anyways. Anton showed up late announcing that he was wearing the same clothes as the night before, that his "bros" were in town + wanted to go out, he had slept for not nearly enough hours + that he was still drunk. Couldn't have executed that one better. Love you, Anton!
As there is always the "upper" moments in drinking, the list for our season includes (but is certainly not limited to):
a. Winning a keg for my perfect attendance during the farm season.
b. Bogus Brewing - Boise's first CSB (Community-Supported Brewing) teaming up with us for Weed Dating. CSA + CSB found love!
c. Mae's Lovage Vodka
d. Celebrating our first day of harvest with a homemade wine brought by Casey
e. Celebrating our last day of harvest with bloody mary's made with tomatoes from the farm + organic, local American Harvest vodka provided by Megan (what a saint!)
|Megan's Squash Gazpacho|
|Megan's Sweet Cooking Skills - Pizza!|
|Birthday Beer + Cake. Essentials.|
Top lunches would be hard to countdown, but my foodie awards (in no particular order) would be:
Kristy wins an award for her Almond Butter Gravy - mixed with mashed potatoes - oh my freakin' good gosh.
Mae wins an award for the best use of yellow squash with her Gorgonzola Squash Muffins which were paired with one of the best Squash Soups I've ever had. Truly culinary genius that meal was!
|Rainy day lunch in the garage.|
|Casey's Goat Cheese|
Casey wins an award for her Goat Cheese. Not only was this the first cheese + dairy experience I had after being vegan for 1 year and then some, making it special, but it was one of my favorite things Casey had brought to the table. So fresh, so clean tasting. Not overly goat-y, but just perfect.
Honorable mentions go to Emily for her gluten free noodles with peanuts + greens - simple yet so satisfying. Austin wins an award just for bringing lunch as long as he did. Thank you, Austin!
|Post Survival Beers for all after a crazy rainy day is a MUST! Thanks, Jane for the gift of Mirror Pond!|
|Flood Irrigation @ Taft|
Taking you from the skies back down to the earth, we fought off a whole other storm. Hurricane Squash Bugs. Those little dudes are INVASIVE! They show up on the underside of young squash plants as little copper caviar-looking eggs. You can blink twice + they turn into these creepy little spider-like creatures that move at the speed of lightning. They grow up to be oval-shaped gray critters who mate backside to backside...yeah, I know, awkward. They are destructive devils + if not terminated immediately - best if done when in the immobile egg form - they will end your chances at having endless amounts of squash. We created a contest in which whoever killed the most squash bugs (which was done with two tools - your thumb a your pointer finger) won a prize. I won. I told you, I'm in it to win it! We survived the squash bugs, we survived it all. Victory was ours!
|I love love notes from lovely lovers!|
6. Tight-knit Crew
|We got you, Casey!!|
We had a few drop-outs, one was probably for the best and right off of the bat, another was Austin, which only made us work harder + really brought us together + the last one was Emily. We lost Emily to a career working to better the food choices given in schools in Idaho - an honorable loss if you ask me! I still love you, Em + respect your decision!
We've been there for each other as we've been homeless, through breakups, hook-ups, other life issues, they always happen.
|Casey + Norm|
Side note - I've poured many o' sips of drinks out for my homey, Norm.
|Spring/Summer/Fall 2012 Collection|
|"EWE MADE IT!" Shirt|
Model: Casey O'Leary
My video husband, well "he" was in a sharp hazmat suit.
Aside from the funny farm fashion, we rocked some trendy stuff. Thanks to Kristy, I took packed the jeans away + embraced the skirt + leggings look.
|GMO Video Shoot / 1950's Housewife!|
|Only the beginning of a great Earthly Delights party!|
|From a newspaper in Maine!|
Though we didn't get stalked by the paparazzi afterwards, our Harvest Fest was by far the best shindig of the season. With my donated keg (my perfect attendance trophy), a special musical guest, Brandon Follett, a cover of "Take This Job + Shove It," games for the kiddos, apple cider press - which my grandma was right, it is most excellent spiked with beer, screenprinting + an the party kept going for some of us at the 44 Club with a little bit of karaoke. By a little bit, I mean I shut it down with Fiona Apple. Last call for alcohol!
|Mama + Drunken Woman Frizzy -Headed Lettuce Babies!|
|Saving Tomato Seed|
|Saving Seed from Cosmos|
|Thank you Cymry (+ Daniel) for letting us farm your land!|
10. Friends + Thank You's
|Casey O' "Love of my Life" Leary|
That's a wrap!
aka "The Compost Mama"