|What I'm doing with my summer
||[May. 7th, 2003|04:27 pm]
There is, apparently, no such thing as “enough” for me. Thanks to my enthusiasm I have now volunteered to be on the Farm Garden Committee this summer, and am the moderator for the Yahoo Group that will keep our fellow farm gardeners in touch with each other and with the conditions and goings-on at the farm.
But I…what is the opposite of digress? I am ahead of myself here as I haven’t bothered to write about the farm at all. Case Western Reserve University has an agricultural reserve about 10 miles east of town called the Squire Valleevue Farm. I haven’t ventured out there yet, but it looks like a really nice facility. It’s the former estate of a benefactor, who donated it to the University.
One of the projects there is a community garden where, for $20, one can rent a 20x30 plot of land and plant a garden. When I saw this, I called my friend Kat, who I knew had always been part of another farm cooperative, and asked if she would be interested. She said yes so, figuring I had at least one helper, I called to reserve a plot. Good thing I did. There are only 20, and 19 had been spoken for. I reserved that last spot and sent in my check the next day. We can’t actually plant anything until Memorial Day weekend, which already has plans of its own but we’ll work around that.
After getting signed up, I sent an email to the people in charge of the project, asking if there was any email group or list for the project that would allow the exchange of information and prompt notification of things like plant diseases or insect infestations at the farm. No, I was informed, there wasn’t. But it was a good idea, and how would I like to be on the committee for the garden.
Sure, I’d love to, sez I. And, hey, lemme put together the Yahoo group that will serve as our electronic community.
And so here I am, with a project for the summer. There actually is a decent motivation behind this: I will most likely not be considered a Case employee by next summer and will therefore be ineligible for a plot, but if I make myself indispensable they might look the other way. I hope.
In the meantime, here I am, boots deep again. At least it’ll pretty much only be for the summer and shouldn’t really require that much. And someday it might look good on a resume….