i am alive.
July 19, 2008 § Leave a comment
i just had one of the best mornings that i’ve had maybe ever. after my first work week (i loved it…feel a little like a fish out of water…but i think it’s going to be good), i got up this morning (since when did 7:00 am become “sleeping in”? oh yeah. this week.) and drove out to Johnson’s Backyard Garden, a local 120-member CSA, where i was going to do a work-share, which means i work and they share.
produce, that is. lots of veggies para mi.
as i picked little, stickery cucumbers off their vines, smelling the cantaloupes on the next row, i wondered, how have i lived without doing this?
i love the dirt.
then i got to pick squash and zucchini. (i want to open a restaurant called zucchini’s. what do you think?) then eggplant… so beautiful. like glossy purple jewels hanging thick on green and mauve plants.
then i rode a tractor! will and jeff, two interns who work 6 am to 4 pm on the farm Monday-Saturday, recruited me to help them plant some little eggplant plants fresh out of the greenhouse. i got to ride on the sweeeeeeeeeeeeetest tractor, called a transplanter, and drop little plants into the holes that the tractor poked into plastic and then filled with water. it looked like this:
only i was where the guy in the picture is and jeff was where the girl is. but it was so fun. and i got to pick jeff’s brain about horticulture, agriculture, and austin culture. good times.
then i got some amazing veggies i’m going to live on all week…squash, onions, cherub tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers…
and THEN i went to mandola’s with aunt chris and camille! aunt chris treated me, even though i was dirty from working, and we ate eggplant-zucchini-goat cheese pizza and talked for two hours. aaah. thank you, Jesus. for everything.