In posts in the coming weeks, I hope to feature reflections from some of the other members of the class. This week's reflection and comes from Tova Handelman:
|Tova and her friend, Mike who has been helping in the garden some weekends, high five-ing in between the crop rows because they are so pumped up that things are growing.|
My experience so far has been wonderful. I love the vibe at NFI; everyone is so kind and genuinely excited for another person when his or her crops are doing well.
Joe has been an excellent teacher and has provided us with the perfect amount of hands-on guidance as well as a laid back approach to allow us to do some work and investigations ourselves.
|Tova and Mike with instructor Joe, the "all-knowing and wonderful," as Tova says.|
One thing that has been surprising to me is that there are so many factors -- weather, water, pests, disease, soil, space, etc. -- that can cause trouble in a garden. It is astonishing to me that anything makes it out alive at all!
Growing my own food this summer and experiencing the hard labor, waiting, time, effort, and more that goes into just a tiny 12x12 ft plot gives me a whole new appreciation for farmers.
|The bountiful harvest Tova brought home one weekend.|
Jenn Svetlik is a member of NFI's Garden Education Program for the 2013 season. She'll be reflecting on the experience throughout the summer.