So, the time has come. My Katimavik rotation is finishing this December, and so my time with FarmStart is coming to an end. It’s a strange feeling, and I’m quite certain that I’m not fond of it.

With FarmStart I learned a lot about ecological farming that I wouldn’t otherwise know.

When it comes to farming, all I really knew was what Harvest Moon video games told me. They made it all seem very simple and easy. But there’s more to farming than that. There is so much labour and care involved; drive, character and an honest desire to feed people.

For FarmStart, I wrote many blogs and learned a lot. I started off not even knowing what I could write about. I didn’t know anything about farming, and so I started with little things, like a trip to a farm, but my interest soon expanded, and began writing about companion planting, rare breeds, and a trip to the University of Guelph.

If farming is a lake, then my entire life has been spent staring at the surface, and with FarmStart, I had a glimpse of the depth of that lake.

It’s a difficult thing, saying goodbye, but I place heavy value on my time here and will hold it close to my heart, and appreciate everything that everyone offered to me, be it knowledge or generosity.

And so, with knowledge and a newly developed sense of autonomy, I’m sad to say goodbye to my position here and all of the amazing people that I’ve had the opportunity to work with.

Thank you, and farewell.

Erin the intern

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