Carbon Ranch Initiative

Dave LeFevre, APPRENTICE, Indian Ridge Farm, CO

REFLECTIONS AFTER THE FIRST MONTH

Even though it has only been 3 weeks at Indian Ridge Farm it definitely feels like it’s been easily over a month! Every day has been filled with perfectly amazing sights and sounds, experiences of the kind that exhaust me while simultaneously charging my imagination of the endless possibilities of the utmost fulfilling life on the farm. Everyday is a challenge, and I wonder when I will feel I have reached an equilibrium, a sustainable level of engagement. I yearn to feel a strong grasp and a thriving in the ritual, routine and rhythms (a Daranyi mantra) required at the farm that will inspire me to continue bravely year after year, if I am to continue?  But this is why I continue, to answer those very questions by the only means I know and have implemented throughout my life.  I want to continue down my path because it is the path before me, not because it is always easy or only exactly what I want to be doing. 

Farming and living in a farming community is the only way to fully know my food sources.  Intimately knowing my food sources is quite important to me and inspires me on a very fundamental and grounding level so because of this I want to farm. To live a honest, healthy and fulfilling life. Farming is hard work and this type of hard work makes for a calmly satisfied mind and body at the end of the day.  My body’s healthy response is a reflection of this work.  Furthermore, anyone that has ever sponsored a farm through CSA membership also knows how good it feels to eat food for a season that you can trust for freshness, variety and high nutrient value, to name only a few.  It is highly inspiring and deeply satisfying when I think of also being a supplier to my community of this type of essential service.  Working with Tony and Barclay I see a desirable looking gleam in their eye when they talk about where their food goes. It’s amazing to hear where and to whom Anne’s produce will be distributed to.  It is with great pride I work my hardest to help these awesome people do what they do. And it is with much gratitude to the universe I have and also support a loving partner to share this journey with. 

In my apprenticeship at Indian Ridge Farm I hope to aid in accomplishing a most productive and maximally lucrative season for the interests of the farm.  I seek to gain the vision of what my future farm homestead might look like. Also this season I hope to better understand the web of channels in this community that are traversed by food producers and consumers, how I can help to support and further interconnect this web, and what unique role I might play or beneficial staple I could supply in the future. And so, to the future.  

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