November 12, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
I have spent the last four years dreaming about becoming a farmer. When I finally quit my job a year and a half ago to pursue that dream, I knew it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail the summer of 2015 and told my plans for the farm to everyone I met. Those people shared my excitement and it grew and grew. When I was accepted for my dream internship at Polyface Farm for the summer of 2016, it felt like the universe was aligning. I spent long, exhausting days working at Polyface, sometimes working up to 90 hours in one week. And I loved it. Coming from an office job where I spent my days in recycled air in a sea of gray cubicles, it felt like freedom. I could see the fruits (meats?) of my labor and I loved spending my time outdoors all day. The more people I told about my plans for my farm at home, the more inspired I felt about it every day. I couldn’t wait to move home and bring life and community back to the farm.
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November 12, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
I grew up on a beautiful farm in Chepachet, Rhode Island, that has been in my family, the Steere family, since the late 1700’s. Growing up, I loved this farm. I made forts in the woods, I played on rocks in the cow pasture, and I rode my pony for hours and hours around the property. And then one day I left for college thinking I would never look back. My journey brought me to Boston first, then Ireland, and eventually California. I studied International Business and worked in marketing/communications for Specialized Bikes and then a small commercial bank in Silicon Valley. But I was not content. I craved connection to life and to the earth. I wanted to be making a difference in the health and happiness of the planet and all the creatures on it, including us. I wanted to lessen the hold that big agriculture companies and pharmaceutical companies have on the government and the lives of the American people. And I realized, finally, that farming could provide all of those things. And I just so happened to have a farm calling my name.
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