Greetings and salutations bloggers of the world! There’s a Japanese saying “どうぞ よろしく おねがいします(douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu)” which is used after meeting someone for the first time. It loosely translates to “please be kind with me”. That’s how I’m feeling now.

My name is Erin and I’m a volunteer with Katimavik, which is government funded volunteer program in which youth travel across Canada and work in the community that they’re posted in. I chose FarmStart as my Katimavik work placement because it seemed to have something to offer me. And boy was I right. Since I started working here three weeks ago, my poor little city-girl brain has been crammed full of farming and organic information.

Before making my way to Guelph, I knew very little about the Earth. I mean that in a gardening, ecology and farming kind of way. Biologically, my interests lay in human biology, not the planet. However, I guess I never dug deep enough into the earthy topic, because I’m already finding it more fascinating than I ever expected to after only a few short weeks. By the end of my time here, I imagine that I’ll be a semi-pro when it comes to organic foods. Just you wait.

All of my blog postings will be about the things that I’m learning through my work with FarmStart, COG, EFO and OCO. This blog will basically be organics and farming from the perspective of a newbie. All the while, I’m thinking “We’re not in Kansas anymore…!” And by Kansas, I mean Alberta.

I’ll be here until mid-December, learning about farming, organics and food. All the while, trying not to think about how hungry I am after thinking of food all day. We’ll see how that goes.


Katimavik Intern


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