Category Archives: Progress

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Ranch 13: Stages of Farming Education Pt 1

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In farming, especially the farming I’ve learned to do, everyone has to start at the beginning. And the beginning is, inevitably, as lackey. A lackey helps the farmer (or at least the next-most-experienced individual on the farm) do basic tasks, … Continue reading

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Climbing Over the Hump

The hump is on the downslope; the brightness is on the rise. This past weekend – and even a bit of last week – I felt resistant to where I am, what I am doing, who I am doing it … Continue reading

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Stream of Thoughts about Moving, in the Garden

Written over the course of a few weeks, with a few minutes at a time, on the ranch, on the NAU campus, and around Flagstaff. I’m only 23. I’m young – maybe just a year or two older than the … Continue reading

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Ranch 5: Literature, LEGOs, and Life

Work is still slow, but I feel guilty about not doing something more.  The stories of past garden employees are filled with “she was a work horse” and “he didn’t leave a single foot of empty land in the greenhouses.”  … Continue reading

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Ranch Journal 2: Ethics Reflection

written 14 March 2014 I just learned (through hearsay: a rumor) that right after I left my last farm, my work partner there also quit, via text, a few days later. As I grow and move through this early stage … Continue reading

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Day One: Trailers, Butchers, and Heads

Today was my first day on the farm. Apparently I’m more skilled than most other interns they get here, and will therefore have more of an eclectic time than most other interns.  This includes empathizing with farm animals (thank you … Continue reading

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A Summary

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What follows is a  summary of my four-and-a-half days and 65 miles on the Trans-Adirondack Route, a 235+ mile longitudinal trek across the entire Adirondack Park.  I accomplished approximately 65 miles, and learned so much more than one might expect … Continue reading

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Heavy Thoughts

The month of September had three major incidences: There was a massive search, yet un-finished, for a missing hiker The backcountry crowds decreased significantly, allowing me to spend my weekdays hiking trails and slides without having any specific projects I … Continue reading

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From Big Slide

I wrote this many days ago, the day before the last hiking post, but just forgot it was in my journal until I was trying to find a blank page today . . . I wrote this atop one of … Continue reading

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For the Future

The summer is very close to being 1/5th finished. And when I say ‘summer,’ I mean, ‘this job.’  ‘This season.’  ‘This activity.’ I won’t stop being a steward.  I won’t stop being a passionate environmental conservationist, a dedicated backcountry user, … Continue reading