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.
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.
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: