Nearly eight weeks have elapsed at the Spencer Farm since my last post, and so much has happened since. I’ve fallen into a routine on the farm, with early mornings, long days, and a distinct sense of fulfillment at the end of each and every day. Recently, we’ve been doing some infrastructural improvements on the farm, and have moved our Tamworth pigs onto a lush, one-acre pasture.

Spencer Farm
Therefore, we’ve had to create new water lines, to provide our pigs with clean water – particularly important in this Alabama heat. Over the past week, I’ve dug over 100 feet of ditches to lay PVC pipe.
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Today, it was finally completed, and I’m left with an exhilarating sense of accomplishment. I’ve been working on many different projects here at the farm, such as mulching, and weeding, but this is the first major project that I have completed, from start to finish, and therefore, I feel a sense of ownership and accomplishment.

Spencer Farm
 I worked hard on it, but it’s finally done, and I no longer need to shlep buckets of water. Now, it’ll be automatic.

This is just one part of the immense learning that’s taken place over the past eight weeks. I’ve really gained an appreciation for the ins and outs of the operation of a sustainable farm.

One particularly joyous aspect of my time at Spencer Farm has been the visits to the Farmers Market. For the past twelve weeks, we’ve been running a Spring CSA, which we distribute at the market in Selma. When we’re out there on Tuesday mornings, I get to speak to our customers, and see the excitement that they have about the healthy, sustainable, food that we are producing here.

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I have about two weeks left here, and I’m sure I’ll learn even more in that time.  Then, it’ll be time for a vacation. Next stop, India! It’s now the end of the day, a perfect time to sit by the pond, and watch the scenery.

Spencer Farm
Stay tuned.
Ariel Drouault
Student at Sterling College
Class of 2015.
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“Agriculture is not crop production as popular belief holds – it’s the production of food and fiber from the world’s land and waters. Without agriculture it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization and any stable economy.” Allan Savory

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