Alexandra Constantine ’14

Ten weeks are up. On the 10th of August I will be attending the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) conference in Amherst, MA, that World Farmers invited me to attend– I’m looking forward to it!

Nonetheless, a lot has passed in a short amount of time and there is still much left to do…

This past summer I learned that the work at a non-profit is never finished. Anything and everything we’ve accomplished in the ten weeks I was at World Farmers were only small components to a much greater picture. Small components, but necessary ones. You realize the 2013 CSA while taking note for improvements in 2014; you work towards this year’s grant objectives while applying for the next year’s grant; you archive organization publicity while keeping social media up to date. And all of this is done in stride with the organization’s mission statement, which is only a small facet of an even greater picture, the organization’s vision: the end-all be-all, the ideal we hope to one day reach.

I am very thankful for my time at World Farmers and the Flats Mentor Farm. It was a learning experience that reached far beyond my expectations, introducing me not only to different ways I can use my writing in non-profit work, but also to deeper cultural sensitivity, agricultural work, policy-making, ethics, immigration, marketing, numerous life skills… I could go on for a while.

I remember planning out the nine interviews I would have to conduct and nervously asking myself if I could re-attack journalism after having left it behind as a high school memory. Now that I reflect on my experiences at World Farmers, I think this was honestly my most enjoyable and rewarding assignment. Though I loved learning about the various components of working for a farm and a non-profit, it was through these interviews and short story write-ups that I was able to get closer to the personal meaning behind the Flats Mentor Farm. I sat next to farmers as they cracked jokes or told me about farming in their home countries. As I completed various writing assignments, I was able to tap into a deeper understanding of how and why World Farmers functions for immigrant and refugee farmers in the United States. And what’s more, I realized that I have been afraid of journalism for so long that I forgot how much I enjoy it.

And though my internship at World Farmers is over, I am glad to say that my time there will reach far beyond those ten weeks. What I have learned will stick with me as I approach the “real world”. Thank you, World Farmers, Flats Mentor Farm, and SIP– I am truly grateful for this summer of experiential learning.

Ten weeks are up this Wednesday. And though it is hard to believe that my time at World Farmers is almost over, looking back at my first day seems a little distant. From helping set up corn plots to mapping them out on GIS, from advertising for the CSA to helping pack and deliver on Mondays, it’s gratifying to see end results from the work I’ve been assigned since day one. I still have the print-out sheet that lists all of my tasks for the summer internship, describing what my responsibilities are for the CSA, social media, for various deadlines and during the quieter days at the office.

CSA half-share

Arlington Farmers Market

FMF Produce at the Davis Square Farmers Market

This past week we really filled up the CSA share-boxes. It was a way of compensating for the first week we lost during the flood– as a result, the half-shares amounted to full-share size while full-shares were simply overflowing. With unforeseen complications in distributing at our normal location in Cambridge, the Central Square market manager was kind enough to provide us with the necessary space for a second week in a row. Funny enough, I got to meet him in person on Wednesday, when I went out and visited the Arlington and Davis Square Farmers Markets to see some of our Flats Mentor Farm vendors in action!

The same day I went out to the farmers markets, we also had a Pest Management Training with an employee from UMass Extension. It was one of the hotter days we experienced, but the meeting turned out to be very worthwhile. As I have been learning over my time here, the language of images is a true blessing– between the combination of specially designed posters and being on-site, plus the help of a reliable translator, communication was easily facilitated.

Nicole (the other intern, if you missed this in a previous post) and I have been lucky enough to work very closely with our two bosses throughout our internships. Since we are soon leaving World Farmers, they were kind enough to take us out to an “intern appreciation” lunch on Thursday. It was a very nice, relaxing meal at a nearby Portuguese restaurant. Everyone had some sort of fish. My boss encouraged us all to try her Octopus tentacle… it was actually very good!

And though I’m not particularly one for small talk, the weather always comes up when I write about my internship because I have never had a job so dependent on it. We had a few very bright, hot, sunny days– and by the end of the week, it was sheets of rain again. I worked the Lancaster Farmers Market under the shade of our tent, and was surprised to see that a fair amount of people were still dedicated enough to stop by. The rain allowed me to get some office work done on Friday too, writing up some of the interviews I had yet to translate from notes to story.

Only three days left….

I got stuck behind a tractor on my way to work the other day. And though I don’t support using a phone while driving, it came to the point where my speed, focus, and hand-eye coordination were not a safety hazard. (I will say without shame that I was listening to the country music station when this occurred.)

It has been a long time since I last posted– two weeks flew by without my realization. So, it’s time for an update!

Some great news from the Flats Mentor Farm– we’re finally drying up! The sun is finally shining on the farm and within two weeks, not only have the puddles disappeared, but vegetables are enthusiastically shooting up from the ground. Between the high-rising corn, rainbow colored swiss chard, and low-growing bean plants, I’m finally getting to see the Flats as it blossoms to life. What’s more is that you can literally smell the onions as you walk by, taste the basil on your tongue as it’s being harvested. There are even a few flowers that sprout up here and there.

I am glad to say that I am still learning something new every day at my internship. With the sun out, I’ve had some more tasks at the farm than in the office. That includes making sure everyone has access to water in the morning– which sounds like a simple task, but it usually takes up to an hour of making sure that it’s going to the right plots– taking a lot more pictures, and interviewing farmers on-site while they’re taking a break. One of my most recent and interesting assignments was writing a report on how the farm and everyone at FMF were affected by the increased precipitation these past few months. I am thrilled to be finally applying my writing to non-profit work; this is exactly the type of work experience I have been looking for, and now I’m exploring how to use my writing in this sort of field first-hand. Another event I’m really looking forward to is the NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) conference in August– World Farmers has been kind enough to invite me to go. Click here to learn about the types of lectures and events that will be going on that weekend.

As far as life outside of the internship, it has been a fun and busy time. I have been lucky enough to spend time with a friend at her lake house in New Hampshire, and have friends whom I haven’t seen for over a year come visit. One night I even had a few friends over and made pizza from scratch (thank you Bobby Flay, you have a great pizza dough recipe). When you’re living at Holy Cross for the summer, however, a few people quickly becomes a dozen and next thing you know, you’re entertaining a crowd and serving “the purge,” my summer roommates’ favorite summer drink: water and cute up lemon, ginger, mint (from the farm!), and cucumbers. And maybe, just maybe, my roommates and I ended up spontaneously deciding to make pesto with that basil one of the farmers kindly gave me the other day.

Freshly picked carrots

So all in all, things have been going up and up here in MA. The only sad part is that soon enough, my internship will be over, as well as my time on campus for the summer… then summer vacation, then first semester, then second… next thing you know we’re all graduating….!!

Or, we can stop flipping through the calendar that quickly. We’re still only in July. Enjoy the time you have and don’t make things end sooner than they have to.

Week three of the Flats Mentor Farm CSA went very well—a lot less mosquitoes this time with the still water drying up. We’re finally getting some sun and heat in Lancaster, which has already been a great reprieve from the weather we experienced in June (I would like to note that this is probably the first time that what I do at a job depends so seriously on uncontrollable weather conditions). On Friday afternoon I recall walking about the farm taking my weekly “before and after” photos at my usual four photo spots; as I walked up the driveway, I could not help but look at the land to my left. There was a giant expanse of green. And though I momentarily tricked myself into believing that someone had come to the farm over our two-day Fourth of July break and packed up a high tunnel, I soon came to realize that nothing was actually missing—it was just the first time in over a month that this large patch of land was dry. Thank goodness, the farmers can get back to re-planting!

Despite the flooding, we really filled up those share boxes for week three. There was even some water spinach, which was a new addition amongst other vegetables and herbs that we usually put in the shares (cilantro, Chinese spinach, mint, mixed greens, scallions…).

I have been given some really interesting assignments for this week—among a farmer interview that I need to write up, I’m gathering information for a report on the effects of increase precipitation on the Flats. This has required me to do some research that brings me back to the days of An Inconvenient Truth and Conservation Bio—and honestly, it frightens me. Here at the Flats I’ve actually seen and experienced the slow but sure effects that global warming is taking on the earth… year by year things are getting worse, but the change is so gradual that others who are not directly affected refuse to notice it…
On a brighter note, we had a fun task in the office today: we learned how to install curtains “The Farmer’s Way”, or in other words, we worked with what we had and succeeded! My boss measured the front window and whipped up some curtains this morning so that by 1:30 pm we were on a ladder and hanging up our new block from the sun. I’m glad to say that I helped in the process, and that we now have a significant source of shade!

After

Before

Other fun things: as I noted earlier, we had off on July 3rd and 4th last week. I took a lot of the free time to work on applications for plans post-Holy Cross, but I also spent a good deal of time with friends and relaxing (it was vacation, after all). We had breakfast at Culpeppers (and I must say as a New Yorker that their bagels aren’t half bad!), “barbecued” in an apartment kitchen, and watched the Twilight Zone before taking a walk on campus before sunset.

And oddly enough, I saw fireworks on the 3rd instead o the 4th—my friend Emma and I drove over to Cristoforo Colombo park on Shrewsbury Street for a great orchestra concert that accompanied a surprisingly long and well-put-together fireworks show! There were food trucks, which mean there was ice cream, which means we had to indulge.

On Friday afternoon I started what would be a weekend full of travel: I drove back home to meet up with friends from high school. It was nice to be in the same room with so many of them after being gone for so long… interning in another state after being abroad for a year is a great opportunity but also makes it more difficult to see those I have been missing for over ten months now. But I am glad that I’m close enough to be able to make such a drive, only to get up in the morning and go over to Connecticut to visit some family, which was a great two days. By Sunday night I was heading back to Holy Cross, preparing for that CSA… what can I say, it’s a busy summer.

Today was Week 2 of the Flats Mentor Farm CSA, and I got a great workout. I’m telling you, by the time my ten weeks are up, I should have actual arm muscle from packing and unpacking those share boxes. If you’re at all interested, click here for the Week1 newsletter, or here for Week 2!

Time passes very differently when you don’t spend the whole day behind a desk; three hours sorting and packing just-harvested vegetables, one hour driving a van into Cambridge, more unpacking and repacking, lunch break at Clover Food Labs, another hour back– watch out for the rain!!– and then an hour’s worth of desk work. I love the movement of my internship, each day is different which keeps the work interesting. Needless to say, sometimes I work on the computer all day– nothing wrong with that, I was hired to write and that’s what I love to do– but doing physical work outside here and there is refreshing.

Working on a CSA can be a challenge since there’s a deadline to meet and weather conditions to face, but everyone works together very well. Last Monday, we had the CSA share boxes all laid out, and started packing them up with scallions, Chinese spinach, Thai basil, pea tendrils… 58 shares total, all sitting under the shade as we prepared before loading the van. The farmers were really helpful in packing the boxes after they had already done their part in harvesting and washing. Within the first few minutes of preparation, one of the farmers was even kind enough to share his bug spray… because it was apparently time for the mosquitoes to eat Monday Brunch, and we weren’t too keen on the idea. For the rest of the week, I kept bug spray in my car, which came in handy a few more times.

Other events last week included finalizing the maps I created using GIS, a pest management meeting with staff from UMass, working at the Lancaster Farmers Market, another interesting interview with one of the farmers and her son, and more grant writing as we approach the deadline. Time is moving quickly– it’s already July!

A quick note: when you’re working, no matter what the case may be– a part-time job, an internship, schoolwork, etc.– it is important to take a break. This weekend I traveled home to spend time with family, going out to Eastern Long Island like we used to do often when I wasn’t moving around so much. It was so relaxing and put me in such a great mood– I am in a much better mindset to prepare applications for post-Holy Cross. As I keep emphasizing, time is going by very fast– but you need to take a pause once and a while, it’s actually the best way to stay focused! Don’t be afraid to watch a movie with your friends or read a couple chapters of that book you’ve had on your shelf for months.

That being said, I need to wake up at seven tomorrow morning… but I’m not tired… now that’s a problem.

Getting up early tomorrow because I have to meet at the farm an hour early– our Flats Mentor Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is officially starting!

On Friday afternoon we sent out the newsletter I’ve been putting together over the past few weeks. We’ll be packing up the CSA boxes with delicious greens and herbs like Chinese spinach, basil, water spinach, scallions, pea tendrils, and mint. Mmmmmm…. I need to start following those recipes we have posted on our website…

Bok Choy we had at the Lancaster Farmer’s Market last Thursday

Last Wednesday was my official halfway marker– there are only five weeks left in my World Farmers internship. Between 9-5 weekdays and weekends packed with friends and family, it is easy to miss the days ticking off the calendar.

For this particular post, I thought it would be nice to expand on one important aspect of my internship that I’ve yet to discuss: the commute.

When you apply for an internship, location is often an essential component. Living on Long Island, NY, I always predicted that any internship I’d land would be in the NYC area– it’s only logical, no? I could take the train in every day and be home in time for my family’s late-night dinners. But as time passed last year and nothing was turning out as hoped, my mother recommended that I give the Worcester area a shot.

Holy Cross is wonderful in that it offers summer housing. Since summer housing is a relatively new program, this was the first year that students were put in the senior dorms. We have to be thankful– a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, and two large bedrooms. There is even air conditioning… and rent is extremely reasonable. If you ever find yourself in Worcester County for the summer, see if you can stay at HC– you’re with your friends every night and weekend, and you have a very comfortable living space. Plus, walking around campus in the summer is simply stunning with everything in bloom.

SO! I did say I’d talk about the commute: here we go.

I have a half hour commute to work, without fail. That being said, I quickly learned my second day of work that unexpected things can get in the way… you can never predict traffic, or random road block-ups. Though I wasn’t late that day, I was uncomfortably close to being “just in time.” It may sound silly or rather evident, but since I was not accustomed to a half-hour driving commute before World Farmers, it was something I had to pick up on through experience.

Also, figure out which roads are best! In other words– take any expressway you can. Red light green light 123 is very amusing as a child but when you’re on your way to work, taking the roads through town is a stop-go curse… I suggest the path with the fewest streetlights possible.

Commutes are not all that bad either– it gives you some free time in the car to relax before the day begins. Unfortunately, that sometimes puts me in a calm mood, a mood that isn’t too keen on working.. that’s why I now drink my coffee at work, instead of an hour before while I’m eating breakfast. As I said, learn as you go! (On the other hand, don’t forget that at the end of the day, you have to make the same commute back… a commute is something you have to be dedicated to ten times a week.)

Music is key, though. You need to know your radio stations. It actually makes all the difference, whatever you choose to listen to (or not listen to) in the morning, it can put you in the right mood or make you feel energized. Since 102.5 is one of the only channels that consistently plays music on my way to work, I’m starting to appreciate country quite a bit more…

And the scenery! Central Massachusetts is so beautiful. On days when I get to go to the farm I am always blown away by how nice it is but each morning and afternoon I get to pass green mountains, towering trees, boulders…  this stuff makes me remember why I want to work so closely with nature.

Do you know what’s great about a commute though? At the end of the day you always end up back home. Whether or not you like the travel time, it’s always satisfying to come back to a place you love to be.

Another seven days have gone by, and this time next week I’ll be halfway through my internship! Time keeps ticking.. but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

I would like to take a pause and note that I am having PC-Mac issues. At work, I use a Mac, but my entire life I’ve been using a PC. Now that I’m sitting at my desk, I keep reaching for a non-existant “command” button and it’s really quite distressing.. I refuse to become a mac person..

This past week brought three main things: buckets of rain, friends from HC, and a visit from my parents.

BUCKETS OF RAIN.

This [above] is the view from my seat in the office (it’s a very nice view I might add: a large window looking onto Main Street). If you pay attention to the street itself, you’ll notice how shiny and slippery it appears– that’s because it rained Monday through Thursday. Yes, that means office work all week and very few visits to the Flats. On one hand, quite  a lot was accomplished. On the other hand, I got a little stir crazy (I came home from work last Wednesday and one of my roommates said to me, “You need to get back to the Flats.” I was a little water logged too and must’ve been wilting.) But these are the things you learn in situations where there’s nothing to do but desk work: do I like sitting in an office all day? How do I keep myself motivated? What kind of pace suits me best? Every day you learn something about your work ethic.

Though as I said,  I accomplished quite a bit: I am practically finished with my biggest, most detailed map generated on GIS, I conducted and wrote up two very interesting interviews, and I started taking part in the grant-writing process.

I am very fortunate to be working closely with my two bosses, who give me just enough guidance and independence with my work. When Nicole and I found out that they were writing another grant, we both expressed interest in learning what it takes– and now we’re actually helping build the proposal! It’s hard work, but I’m really enjoying learning hands-on.

Moving to the weekend, it was such a nice surprise to see Megan, who I last saw in Rome, and Hannah, who I last saw on a Skype screen, this weekend. Megan is starting an internship in New Hampshire soon, and Hannah had to swing by as well– so we all met up on Friday night and Saturday morning, which was a ridiculously fun reunion. I would have to say that Brunch at Cafe Manzi’s was a great highlight, right before discovering a new thrift shop next door (finally got a new pair of jeans..)Though I did not get to spend too much time with the girls, it was great to enjoy time with them while I could.

Also, I think we all found a new favorite diner on Shrewsbury Street.

All in all, great to see these two while I could, and I look forward to trying to meet up again this summer.

But even when you’re in your home country and even if you’re staying at HC, home away from home, it’s still nice to see your parents when you get the chance. Mine made it up on Saturday afternoon, and we got to spend a lot of time outside (because FINALLY the sun decided to shine!) hiking in state parks and enjoying the good weather. (I was also a good daughter and made my dad a Seven Layer (it was actually only six layers) cake for Father’s day!) We of course made our traditional dinner visit to Red Robin this afternoon… there are always those rituals that come with visiting HC.

Sunset at Wachusset Mountain

A busy week and it doesn’t end there– but it’s time to sleep! I should probably try to get at least seven hours in before the school year starts up again, right?

Until next time!

So where do I begin?

It has occurred to me that I haven’t said much about what I actually do at my internship. To be brief, I am helping a lot with the marketing and publicity side of World Farmers. I am there to write up weekly newsletters, conduct interviews with farmers, help with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture—click here to find out more) and edit social media quirks. I’m also creating three maps through GIS (Geographic Information Systems, which I took an intro class in my sophomore year) that the organization hopes to use for the next few years. A great aspect of my internship is that I also help out on the farm—when I go, I love to take the opportunity to speak with others and learn what I can about farming.

I love walking through the flats, you can literally smell the onions as you’re walking. I could not count how many photos I’ve taken of vegetables, flowers, and people working away at what they love to do. Flats Mentor Farm is truly a place of passion and commitment, and that’s what makes the ambiance so pleasant.

Today I started Week 4 at World Farmers, and it was pouring— I walked around in my rain boots to take pictures of the flats. It has been raining every 2-3 days during the past four weeks I have been in Massachusetts… which is no surprise, since practically every time I traveled during my year abroad, the rain followed me. Some things never change.

Please note my rain boot at the bottom. I’m making ripples in the mini pond that formed on the driveway.

Unfortunately the rain is a bad sign for the farmers at the Flats. Today I spoke with one woman who expressed how frustrating it is to see her good crops go to waste for nothing– and I can’t blame her. All of that hard work to be drowned out is difficult to swallow. If you want to farm, not only do you have to be extremely intelligent, but you have to accept the throes of mother nature. At present, she does not seem too pleased, either.

A lot has been going on at work in preparation for our upcoming CSA. I created a newsletter template and re-created it, and re-created it… looked up recipes, conducted an interview, and drove out to Boston to pick up our special CSA boxes (yes, the truck is helpful, dad, thank you again). I love exercising my creativity and writing, but above all the experience of taking part in CSA preparation, speaking one-on-one with the farmers, and understanding the effort that goes behind this process is a learning experience. Every day just by being on the farm or at the office I learn something new about non-profit work, social justice, and sustainable agriculture.

Over the past few weeks I have attended some interesting meetings– one was a farmers market meeting, and the other an organic farm training. During the latter, I’ll admit that a good 75% went flying over my head– Nitrogen cycle, ammonium? Things I haven’t looked at since.. oh gosh, sophomore year… I better look back at my textbook.

But in all seriousness, going to these meetings are again a learning experience in themselves, and whatever information I can retain only adds to the process. They also remind me to brush up on the basics and keep myself informed– I’m in the middle of creating a summer reading list related to sustainability.

I don’t want to bore you with too many words, but here’s a quick wrap-up on life outside the internship:

  • Moving in was great. I have been seeing people I haven’t run into since Spring semester 2012, and I am now rooming with Becky, one of my best friends from Holy Cross, by pure chance this summer. The rooming situation I fell into is perfect– our two other suite-mates Mary Pat and Meiling are great, and between the four of us the room is nothing but full of laughs. See the picture below to see how (un)skilled we are at grocery shopping… it’s possible that we bought too much…

  • Boombox I received at age nine? Check: in the living room. Towels, clothing, and basic needs? Check: See bedroom and bathroom counter. Holy Cross ID card? Um… if you know where it is, please let me know. It’s currently MIA.
  • Went through some senior moments this past weekend– had that “what-shall-I-ever-do-with-my-life-clearly-my-first-job-will-determine-my-future-so-I-therefore-won’t-have-one” episode. Seniors, we’ll all go through it.
  • Had some surprise visits to my dorm this weekend and ended up at a very fun birthday party in a town nearby!
  • Made an oatmeal bake. Yummmmmmmm.

  • Laughed till I cried. It’s good to be back at HC.

I think I’ll invest in a watch soon– time goes by hauntingly quickly.  Though technically I have only spent twelve working days at World Farmers (I started on Wednesday the 22nd and had off the following Monday for memorial day,) I have also been there over the span of three weeks. What needs to be factored into the beginning of my ten-week internship is my living situation– the reason why time seems to be moving faster than ever.

Let me explain:

World Farmers needed me to start on May 22nd, only four days after I arrived home from a year abroad in Dijon, France. Holy Cross has a great summer housing program (we are in the senior apartments this year!) but move-in day was not until June 2nd. So I spent the first week and a half of my internship at a friend’s off-campus house near Clark University (funny story: I actually met Kathleen, the friend whose house I stayed at, while studying in Dijon. I just had to travel half way around the world to befriend someone who has been studying in the same city as I have for the past two years!) My time at Clark was well spent, Kathleen’s roommates– who had never even met me before arrival, and who would be welcoming me without Kathleen, who was still in France at the time– were extremely kind, trusting, and fun. It is nice to know that there are such generous people willing to help out at every turn!

On June 2nd, I moved into Holy Cross summer housing, where I was roomed with one of my best friends from school out of pure chance, and her two wonderful roommates. From the moment I received the email notification of my housing situation, I knew that this summer would be great.

I am posting this quick update on where I’m living at the moment to express why it has been so difficult to post. On Tuesday night I will fill in the gaps on what has been going on these past three(ish) weeks with photos and stories. Until then, please excuse me– it has been a whirlwind between changing continents and then cities.

Goodnight everyone!

I am grateful that I started familiarizing myself with the Career Counseling Center my sophomore year, or applying for internships while abroad would have been a heck of a lot harder. My résumé was already prepared, I knew how to write a cover letter and navigate Crusader Connections, and I was already familiar with the difficulties that arise in internship application season: disappointment. Last year I must have sent out twenty applications to only receive one interview and no summer internship… the process, you will see if you are about to take part in it, can be difficult at times. You really need to keep your head high the whole time and say to yourself that you will persevere, that ultimately you will run into whatever option for the summer best suits your needs. (Of course, you have to act and send out all of those applications. Don’t worry, the stress does end!)

Now I am glad to say that after being turned down five times this year, I continued to push through the grueling internship-application-process. For anyone who doesn’t believe in the power of all-nighters, here’s a reason to start believing: I was just about to give up on all hope when I received an advertisement for World Farmers Marketing Intern at 3 am, France time.

Today was interesting, a day unlike anything I was expecting. After a brief introduction, my boss and I started at the farm around 9:30 am. We brought some vegetables over that were being grown in the office (see this link http://worldfarmers.org/2013/04/office-tomatoes/ if you want to learn more about them) and distributed them out equally to farmers that were there. (I’m glad I had my dad’s pickup, the truck is already getting some good use…) Then we set up some corn plots on another field— each farmer is getting a plot solely dedicated to corn so they can save space on their land for their specialty vegetables. Though the morning started off a bit cloudy, the sun eventually broke through and once it came in, it didn’t stop shining. It’s possible that I should have put on more sunscreen.

After my lunch break (I was surprised to be given an entire hour to myself where I could leave the office—my boss even encouraged it. I can appreciate taking the time to relax and have a good meal before getting back to work; it’s something I learned during my time in France, where lunch can last as long as two hours on a regular work day!) I returned to the office where we had a quick meeting before heading out to complete a purchase for the farm. Though later meetings will include farmers (there are over 150 at the Flats,) this meeting was small and personal. At the moment, there are only me and my two bosses at the office (another intern will be arriving in June). I can already tell that the ambiance is a comfortable work environment: friendly people who are truly passionate and knowledgeable about their jobs, yet unafraid to crack a joke.

That came in handy when the big white van got stuck in a mud puddle at the end of the day.

Twice.

It was a great first day, but I’m exhausted—here are some photos, then I’m going to bed!

Note to future interns: in order to avoid passing this building three times like I did, look for the World Farmers sign in front of 769 Main Street. Do not be fooled by the real estate name posted on the façade; World Farmers shares its office space with them!

Flats Mentor Farm is a beautiful stretch of land— unfortunately the sky is rather grey in this photo, but I’ll post more nice ones once the weather gets better. In the distance you can see a high tunnel.

I can’t wait to see the plants grow…

Note to future interns: in order to avoid passing this building three times like I did, look for the World Farmers sign in front of 769 Main Street. Do not be fooled by the real estate name posted on the façade; World Farmers shares its office space with them!

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