Howdy there, farmers and foodies! I hope you all are doing well. As should be the case with most in agriculture, the weather here in Goldsboro has been the talk of the town as of late. It has been surprisingly temperamental — after a weekend of historically tornadic activity in eastern NC, the first half of this week was a sunny and WARM way to enter the full swing of spring. We apprentices have busied ourselves with planting peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants in the summer field while taking our first cuts at the bounty of the spring crop. The canolas are in full bloom, our freezers are filled to the brim with strawberries, and our honeybees are humming with activity.
(Oh, and did I mention we now have a small herd of dairy cows?)
All in all, spring is well on its way, and we at the Small Farm Unit of CEFS are loving it.
Since arriving in Goldsboro, plenty of folks in town have stopped to ask us (a) why we would move here of all places, (b) what exactly we’re doing here, and (c) who are we, anyway? As such, it seems most appropriate to take a step back and introduce ourselves – the apprentices – in full form.
- His spirit animal is the black bear, and his spirit vegetable is the peanut.
- The most interesting task we’ve had on the farm thus far (for Connor) has been working with the honeybees.
- His favorite tractor implement is the spader.
- Connor is particularly interested in the expansion of community gardens and communal space in Goldsboro.
- His favorite Goldsboro landmark is the graphic marquee for the back pain center on Ash Street.
Connor hails from Williamsburg, VA. He graduated from William & Mary with a degree in environmental policy and African studies and has been working on farms around the country since then.
- Her spirit animal is unknown as of yet, and her spirit vegetable is okra.
- The most interesting task we’ve had on the farm thus far (for Alice) has been learning to operate the tractors.
- Her favorite tractor implement is the rototiller.
- Alice is particularly interested in the decentralized nature of the food justice movement in Goldsboro.
- Her favorite Goldsboro landmark is the little bank.
Alice is originally from Huntsville, AL. She graduated from Swarthmore with a degree in comparative literature and has been working for an Alabama-based sustainable agriculture organization.
- Her spirit animal is the turtle, and her spirit vegetable is the Jerusalem artichoke.
- In a parallel universe, Kavita would grow up to be a vulcanologist.
- Her favorite tractor implement is the flail mower.
- She is particularly interested in the opportunities agriculture provides for social entrepreneurship.
- Her favorite Goldsboro landmark is an old house built on top of four silos near Cherry Hospital.
Kavita is originally from Irmo, SC. She graduated from UNC with a degree in geography and biology and is currently taking time off from graduate school.
- Her spirit animal is the white tailed deer, and her spirit fruit is mango.
- The most interesting task she has done thus far on the farm has been pruning small fruits.
- Her favorite tractor implement is the rototiller – it “gets her every time.”
- She is particularly interested in seeing young people involved in sustainable agriculture in Goldsboro.
- Her favorite Goldsboro landmark is the water tower.
Christy is from Buckingham County, VA. She graduated from William & Mary with a degree in anthropology and environmental policy and has been working on farms around the country.
We are all SO excited to be here in Goldsboro and learning in the thousands of different ways we do on a day-to-day basis. Thanks for reading, y’all! Stay tuned for our latest adventures on the Piedmont Farm Tour.