A Look Back…

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I know this may be a wee bit unorthodox, but I’m coming to the end of my time at the CCCC student farm and I’m waxing a bit nostalgic…

I started taking classes here kind of spontaneously….on a whim…because I needed a new path…and this seemed to dovetail nicely with my ideals.

That is, I found that my thinking about the world and how we treated it hadn’t changed much since I was eighteen; I couldn’t stop thinking that I needed to be ‘part of the solution instead of part of the problem’, I wanted to be outside and around nature more, I wanted to work with animals, I wanted a low stress environment, I wanted a more agrarian existence, I wanted to do something about our environmental problems, I wanted to…EVOLVE…somehow…

So I took two classes at a community college: Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Construction 101 (a Sustainable Technology class) to see what best suited me…

While I love making and/or building stuff, and I truly did love construction, I found myself always looking longingly at the student farm, thinking, I wanna be THERE!

Let me just say that I had never even really GARDENED before…I mean, it took me a couple years to figure out that it might be helpful if I actually WATERED my plants; I was a complete novice…but I always wanted a farm as a kid, so I figured, WTF (as they say in today’s parlance)…

So I became a Sustainable Agriculture student…and I found myself FASCINATED…by soil science – DIRT of all things! (By the way, as per my teacher, Kristen Hicks, microbes rule the world…just so you know…have no illusions otherwise…) and by plant science, by animal science…

And I learned about what it takes to make living things grow, and how to nurture them…(and why they died when I accidentally killed them)…and maybe even what it takes to nurture ourselves…

In any case, it has been such a wonderful fascinating journey, and because I think this program is so important (and because my first college career was as a visual artist) I thought I’d leave you with a little photo essay of some of my favorite moments of my sojourn here at Central Carolina Community College in the Sustainable Agriculture program…

Thank you, my teachers! Robin, Cheryl, Andy, Hillary, Alex, Kristen, Harvey, John, Christine…

I hope to keep in touch with my friends in the program – don’t be strangers!

And to anyone who wonders if going to school for Sustainable Farming is worth it…

It is.

J. Kidwell

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