Farm Life in Georgia
My first experience working on a farm was as an official WWOOF-er about nine years ago. After my first job out of college as a Wellness Coordinator for a company called HealthCorps (like PeaceCorps but for health), I decided to make the big move out to California to be with Dylan. The transition from life in Florida to the unknown world of California was not easy but something I would never take back. During the transition, WWOOF-ing was my saving grace. With no experience necessary, WWOOF-ing grounded me and gave me purpose. For those of you with even the faintest farming gene, I recommend checking this program out. The WWOOF program, which stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, links volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences. Not only will you spend time outdoors in the dirt and learn a lot, you are also pretty much guaranteed to meet great people along the way. Farm locations are endless with this program, check out their entire list of regional and international locations here.
So.. Almost 10 years later, I finally got to work on another farm, this time in Cedartown, Georgia! Dylan's Uncle Henry and his wife, Debbie started Five Cedars Farm after retiring from their corporate jobs near Washington, DC. They turned what started as a small four bed garden to grow their own food into an award winning produce farm backed by deep love, meaning and pride. Shortly after our arrival, Henry and Debbie handed us our official farming hats and taught us how to get to work. We planted squash, harvested sugar snap peas, tractor tilled new planting rows and learned how to Florida weave for tomatoes!