Last Friday I began a job as an organic farmer. I wanted to try my hand at it to see if it was something I might like to do with my life and I can honestly say that it is one of the best things I have ever done. I planted hundreds of sweet potatoes by hand. My bare hands dug into the muddy earth. By the end of the season, the work that I am doing will literally feed hundreds to thousands of people. I have always been strongly connected to food. I love food more than anything. So this is an important part of my journey.
I can't understand how we have gone so far away from this process. I've been working at a desk now for years and farming has come as a shock to me. Where do you think all of the wonderful food that you eat comes from? I mean yea, farms of course. But that is just a word and a cute picture in your head if you've never done it. There are people working their ass off every day in fields. Mud on their hands and clothes, sun-burned dark brown. Without these people, you would not eat.
I was so happy to be working out there. A smile ear-to-ear. It was like I found something I had been missing. Living a life where I eat everyday and have little hand in that process. Just somewhat ignorantly consuming. I am very happy to have gotten this insight. Farmers should be paid as much as doctors. I love my new job.