{Behind the Scenes} at a working farm

The view from the front porch of the Kilpatrick house.

This is the second summer I’ve had the chance to go out and work at Kilpatrick Family Farm. I usually only go out once a week since it’s about an hour from my house.

When I started working there I really didn’t know what to expect. I just wanted to get as much experience as I could because my husband and I want to have a farm of our own some day. I figured since I was going out on Fridays I would mostly be getting things ready for the Saturday markets.

Sam and Hannah bundling Swiss chard.

Keith (the produce manager) updates the veg inventory binder.

Last summer that’s typically what happened. Part of the day we’d harvest various crops, and the rest of the day we’d wash, bundle, and box everything up.

Fridays are pretty fun out there since someone usually makes a dessert of some sort; so in the middle of the day we’d take a break and eat whatever tasty thing had been made.

This summer I’ve only been out there a few times so far, but my work has been of a different nature. I’ve been doing more work in the office with Philip, Michael’s older brother. We’ve been trying to update our price signs, the blog, the website, and complete a few other projects.

In the middle is my mock up of the new signs to advertise the chicken at market. Around the outside are drawings of everyone on the farm and the various things they daydream about.

Apple should feature us in a commercial. Three all lined up, making new signs

I used to think of farm work as people on tractors and working in fields. That is a part of it, but there are many other things that must get done. Honestly, the amount I know is just a small part of the larger picture. For instance, planting schedules get worked out, irrigation lines are put in, CSA items get picked, and much, much more.

Here is just a small look into the goings on of one day on Kilpatrick Family Farm:

Joel and Michael having an important conversation with Keith.

Keith, the other side of the conversation.

Salsa taste test. This is the salsa Elizabeth and Brynn made earlier in the week.

Sam rests while Jack (my kiddo) build with magnets.

Keith's chocolate milk and a note to himself.

I’ve really appreciated them allowing me to work there (and letting Jack tag along). I’ve learned so much and it’s always nice being out there. The Kilpatricks are an amazing, dynamic group of people and I enjoy sharing recipes with Michael’s sisters and mom.

It makes me happy to get my food from them because it’s food from friends, week after week. I really couldn’t ask for more.

Editor’s Note: As another proud member of the Kilpatrick Family Farm workforce, CSA Coordinator, I would like to give another plug: their newsletter. Michael works hard every week to bring the subscribers a totally transparent view of vegetable (and some animal) farming every week. If you are at all interested in how food is grown in a harmonious way with nature (the opposite of big ag. conventional farming) you should subscribe to the newsletter (which you can do from their facebook page or front page of website). Michael does a great service to lift the veil of food production. -Christina

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Categories: Farming, Food Politics, Local Business, Local Farms, {Know Your Farmer}

Author:Erika T.

Mom to Jack (lover of Legos) and wife to Chris (Naval nuclear mechanic) who keeps track of her family's DIY adventures at ourDIYlife.com. As a child of an Italian mother, Erika loves food in all its forms. She's also passionate about the fiber arts, sewing, photography, and writing. She can be seen skating with the Albany All Stars Roller Derby League where she proudly sports her "No Farms No Food" sticker on her helmet. Her day jobs include managing several social media accounts & a myriad of things for Kilpatrick Family Farm. Someday she and her family plan to have a sustainable farm of their own.

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4 Comments on “{Behind the Scenes} at a working farm”

  1. July 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    This is fascinating! I only found out about CSA farms a few days ago, but I am getting very excited about finding one in the community I’ll be moving to next year. Thanks for the behind the scenes info!

  2. Elizabeth Kilpatrick
    July 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Awesome post!! next week get some pictures of the girls!!! i didn’t manage to make it in here….

  3. July 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    Jennifer- I hope you find one as well! You can start with LocalHarvest.org or go to a market when you are out there and ask around with the various farmers there. Even those who don’t offer it usually know ones who do.
    Elizabeth- I will for sure! At least your delicious salsa was in there. :)


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