New Agrarian Voices

Caroline Conwell, APPRENTICE, Indian Ridge Farm, CO

One Month Reflection

I was drawn to agriculture over the past year as I began to really think hard about what I want out of life. I believe that taking care of our land and creating a better food system are vital for the survival of our world. I have done quite a bit of self-reflection and reading to come to this conclusion. In addition to this, I am very passionate about good food, cooking, the outdoors, animals, and protecting the environment. All of these things come together for me through regenerative agriculture. It is a way of life and a way of farming that can change our food system for the better while also producing incredibly delicious and healthy food. I think regenerative agriculture also has the potential to put culture back in agriculture, an idea that gets me excited! Following my values and passions has led me to pursue a career in agriculture and I couldn’t be happier with this new direction that my life has taken.

Over the next 8 months, I am hoping to learn as much as I can about running a successful farming operation. I want to learn about how to raise chickens in a humane way that produces a quality product. I also hope to get a sense for what key qualities create a successful farming operation, in a holistic sense. Tony and Barclay have so much knowledge to offer, and I want to make sure I take advantage of the opportunity to learn from them during my apprenticeship at Indian Ridge Farm. From what I can tell, sales and marketing are the key to success with small scale farming, so I hope to learn useful strategies from Indian Ridge Farm. I also want to continue to refine my cheese making skills as we start milking the goats here in the next few weeks. I hope to learn more about goat care so I can someday own my own goats and make cheese, even if it’s just for fun! Another big part of the next eight months will be learning how to treat my husband as a business partner. We work well together, but I am sure we still have a great deal to learn about how we can work together effectively and allow that to strengthen our relationship as husband and wife. I am sure we will have challenges along the way but I am so excited to continue learning as an independent person, as well as with my husband as a team.

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