My short experience at Just Roots for the fall semester was so incredible. I witnessed many vegetables I had never seen before and I experienced many sensations I previously missed in this lifetime. I am glad to have them now! Here are some of my favorite things:
Touching the soft yet particulate dirt on your hands as you pull up a big fat beet from the land.
Hearing the rain pitter patter on the plastic sides of the greenhouse while you are warm and dry and planting lavender.
Seeing a little bit of a potato hidden in the upturned soil as you search the rows for potatoes that were missed during harvest
Tasting a fresh slice of watermelon radish for the first time WAHOO
And Smelling the sweet strong earthy smell of a carrot plucked from the ground is just perfectly divine. Ain’t nothin like it!
seeing these fractal patterns in this sacred veggie are a trip!
MMMM the smell of garlic! pungent and sound, keep the vampires and disease away!
bathing broccoli beauties!
wash that kale! no one likes chewing gritty leaf, but a cold crispy dip will do the trick!
misty morning view
beans in the forefront
My first day at Just Roots farm came on a late September morning. I awoke to the dark morning excited for the day ahead-the sun was just peeking through the misty morning sky as I drove to the farm. I had no idea what to expect as I had no farm experience what so ever. I was grateful for the opportunity to finally be able to get my hands in the dirt after a few semesters of taking classes for the Farm and Food Systems major.
I drove down Glenbrook drive and there was the big red barn of Just Roots farm. I parked and walked down the gravel driveway to the fields behind the greenhouses. The air was chilly and the grass was wet. I found David, Just Roots head farmer, harvesting some little white crispy looking radish things. Hopefully by the end of this internship I’ll be able to tell what they are!!
Over the course of the day I harvested purple beans and washed the day’s harvest to be sent out to the CSA and to be sold whole sale to Greenfield’s Market. Who knew that there was such thing as purple beans! I did not-until today. My fingers were freezing as I picked the beans from their dewey homes but the fresh air and wonderful sites around me kept me content. They hung gracefully off of their stalks and before I knew it my bucket was full of these long and luscious legumes. The deep rich purple skins are truly magical. I will have to test it out for myself but apparently they do not stay purple once you cook em. The amount of beautiful diverse funky vegetables that is kept from the public for the sake of the industrial ag industry must be enormous!
When this Internship began I had no idea what I was doing. I’m sure many of you can relate to that same feeling of stepping into a world of the unknown, on a mission to create something you cannot see yet. Looking back now I see how much I have learned and grown from this semester’s intern experience.
Olivia, Ginevra, and I became a team, led and guided by the amazing Evelyn Lane, with Abrah Dresdale always there for us when we needed her support and knowledge. Together we experienced many new things, we put ourselves out there humbly to the public of Greenfield as messengers to deliver what past terms of the Food Systems course here at GCC have worked hard to represent. The recommendations that the students formed were to be compiled into one document to rule them all…no not to rule them all but just consolidated into a readable and attractive zine-like space that is accessible to the public of Greenfield.
The first month of our journey, my vision was blurry, I had no clue what was to come! We ventured out to the Greenfield Winter Farmer’s market to hunt and gather what people thought of the food system here in GF. It was scary and exhilarating to go up to people and ask them about their experience with buying and eating local food. Thankfully most of the people were very open to sharing their thoughts. Many people were filled with excitement that young folk here in Greenfield were invested in the future of Greenfield. In that one morning that we spent together our group dynamic transformed into a strong bond. After that milestone I gained much confidence in the work that we were beginning. And yes…it was just the beginning. I look forward to seeing our work become available to be used as a resource in building a sustainable Master Plan for the city of Greenfield! Keep your eyes open!
Getting our caffeine fix
It’s early so Ginevra and I order coffee at the Greenfield Winter Farmer’s Market…Old School style!! Yummy!