The summer stint has come to an end and though they were loathe to leave, the interns said their farewells to Green String Farm on Saturday, packed their felco pruners, and went off in their respective directions. Some are on their way to graduate programs in agriculture and social work, while others plan on starting farms or even suburban gardens in neighbors' backyards. Because this group had such diverse interests and backgrounds, it is inevitable that the seeds they gathered over the course of the summer, bearing principles of natural-process and sustainable farming, will be spread far and wide through their influence. That is the hope, anyway.
When I say that the interns said their farewells, I ought to say that most of the interns did so. As it turns out, three of the interns could not be gotten rid of and I count myself among them. Julie, Courtney, and I will still be around, helping Bob out on his farm, learning more about natural-process farming, and, well, living the dream. On that note, I leave these words of Henry David Thoreau (how fitting!) for my departing fellow interns, in the hopes that they go off, do good work, and grow good things.
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
Bye, summer group; welcome new interns!