To those of you I’ve met before, hi again. And to those of you I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, hello, my name is Jen. I’m new to the Husky Meadows team and also new to farming in general. I’ll give you my backstory so that we may get to know each other better. Before farming, I was a dancer with contemporary companies in New York. It included a lot of physical work, sweating and months of preparing something that would be shared with an audience. In a way, it seems like the perfect transition. For me, farming is much of the same. We start with a seed and nurture it, help it evolve so that weeks or even months later we can share the product of our hard work with someone
else. Sometimes when out in the field planting, weeding or harvesting, I look around and Jaime, Michelle, Adam and I seem to be doing a little dance with one another without even knowing it.
I would say that farming has been an interest of mine since I was a toddler running around my grandfather’s farm back in Cuba. I was born there you see, so it feels like farming is in my blood, a way of life for my ancestors. However between my time as a young child and now in my mid-twenties, I have mostly lived in cities, spending the majority of my time walking on concrete and inside walls, always craving more time in nature. Since arriving in Connecticut in April, I have loved the breath of fresh air, literally and metaphorically speaking. My drive to and from work on route 272 does not feel like a commute. Instead, it feels more like a scenic drive out of one of those movies I watched back when living in the concrete jungle.
In terms of farming, I would not have wanted to get my start on any other farm. Since day one at Husky Meadows, I have felt a loving welcome from the people here. They are always answering my many questions and creating a space for me to learn, explore and grow. I came into farming with little knowledge about the hard work necessary to grow fruits and vegetables. We take it for granted as we so mindlessly purchase it at the grocery store. Over the last three months, I’ve learned more than I can recount. My appreciation for each pea that gets plucked and each bundle of green that gets cut has amplified how I value food.
When asked what my favorite part of the whole process is, I used to say transplanting. Giving that little seedling a new home in which to grow big and sometimes flower and later produce fruit felt like the most gratifying part of the process. However if asked now, I wouldn’t be able to choose between transplanting, harvesting or giving the finished product to the happy customers that join us in valuing locally-grown food. You see, if we didn’t have to harvest anything, then we would never transplant the seedling, and if we didn’t have the loyal support of our customers, we would have no one to harvest for. So in a way, the three are so interconnected that you can’t appreciate one without taking into account the other.
The beginning of my journey into farming has been an exciting one. I look forward to learning more and immersing myself further into small scale farming, striving to find more sustainable ways of producing the foods we love. Even in the tough times, as I sit here writing this, mother nature is flooding our fields with more water than we know what to do with. But hey, that’s farming. I look forward to meeting you in person. Join us at the upcoming farmer’s market!
Stay dry out there.
All the best,