Guest post by farm intern Janice Ho
It’s Day 6 of my new life at Cavaleiro Farm. Although I’ve been a member here for the past year and a half, it’s a different story to be moved in and planning to work here every day for the next few months. That said, it’s pretty interesting how quickly we can adapt to novel environments and life situations.
I’ve already been left to my own devices as “farm overlord” for several hours and overnight to take care of things: feed the animals, make sure they had water, and generally make sure the place didn’t burn down. I’ve walked the sheep out to pasture by myself, had an episode with the pigs who wanted to wrestle me for their food box, and witnessed a lamb die. 🙁
But such is farm life, and one lesson that’s been reinforced out here (which I’ve also learned through solo backcountry camping) is the importance of being self-reliant. Because sometimes you have to make quick decisions out here when you don’t have anyone else around to make them for you.
I now realize that I’ve been conditioned my whole life to instinctively ask, “What do I do?” as soon as I’m faced with a foreign situation or challenge. But when you’re thrown into the thick of things all by yourself—and don’t have a choice to depend on anyone else, because it’s a matter of survival—people prove themselves all the time.
You can follow more of my farming adventures at http://natureimmersed.com/farmlifebestlife/!