I learned recently that there is a small farm about 4 miles from my apartment. In some places this might be normal, but I live smack in the middle of Silicon Valley. We’ve got suburbs and box stores galore, but other than a one acre corn field about 10 miles from here I had no idea there was any sort of farm nearby.
Full Circle Farm is an 11-acre sustainable, educational farm nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley.
It’s a really cool idea: they’ve leased land from the school district to create a fully organic working farm. They have an educational garden where the sixth graders from the local middle school learn about organic gardening and some of the produce from the farm even ends up in the school cafeteria. I believe we need a lot more of these.
The garden is maintained mostly by volunteers. And so today I volunteered. I blocked out 2 hours and headed over. I started the morning picking broccoli and deflowering it (as in picking off flowers so that the plant doesn’t decide to end its production cycle… what did you think I meant? tsk, tsk.).
I spent the rest of the morning planting a bajillion cauliflower plants. Well, maybe it was only 30. I got my hands in the dirt. I was outside in the sun. And I helped out on a project I believe in. I can’t think of a better way to spend my morning.
You’re supposed to get dirty when you’re in the garden, right?