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I was very lucky to have horticulture as an elective in my high school. If I hadn’t had that trade course, I probably wouldn’t have ended up being employed in a greenhouse after school, and thus really getting into gardening in my late teens.
If I had discovered this passion even earlier, I probably wouldn’t have ended up with a useless anthropology degree!
Today I went to a Farmer’s Market and asked the petite owner if I could apply for an apprenticeship.
She spun her head around to her employees and exclaimed loudly “It’s another one!”
Then turning to me she looked me straight in the eye and told me how every year she has these people come to work on the farm and that they never last more than 2 weeks.
"Everyone has these illusions of how great it would be to work on a farm. It’s not an illusion - it’s hard work. You know I had this one guy he sat down twice in the field crying. He couldn’t do it anymore!"
I stood there uncomfortably nodding and looking at her. “Well I want to try it anyways. I really want to be a farmer like you-growing ethnic crops, Asian crops. Cuz I’m Taiwanese and my husband - we’re a team-he’s Jamaican and we want to put these two things together and sell these kinds of veggies.” I say connecting my fingers together.
She looks at me.
"We need a person for a very long time. The other person you met, if I was sick she can not handle the farm by herself. I can’t have a sick day, it would be impossible for her to run the farm. It’s a lot of work. I don’t want you to have illusions."
I nod again and say “Well I need to try it out. Otherwise I don’t know.”
"How long you have in mind?"
"Uh well I still need to work so I was thinking I could take 2 weeks of my vacation time and start next year end of May cuz that’s when my husband finishes school."
"No, that’s no enough time. This kind of thing takes time to learn."
"Yes, I understand. I’m a beginner! I don’t know anything! I want to learn!" I laughed.
She didn’t laugh with me.
I’m still learning, everyday I’m learning. You need a lot more time. I tell you. You really need like ah… 3 months. At least.”
"Yeah, I understand, but I can’t leave my job for 3 months. I don’t have enough money saved up to just leave. And I don’t think they will let me…leave for 3 month either."
"Mmm. I see. How old are you and your husband?"
"Well I’m 31, and he’s 26 (actually at this point I had forgot he just turned 27)…."
"So he’s younger than you."
"Ah…yeah. He’s younger than me…"
"Does he want to farm?"
"Is he disciplined?"
(What? I thought to myself)
"Yes, he’s very disciplined, and smart, and hardworking. He gets straight A’s…"
She nods slightly. “Well I can pay you what I pay the apprentice, and you can stay on the farm so you do not have the expenses for the apartment, and living expenses …but you really need 3 months.”
"Yeah, I know. But right now I’m still saving up money to one day buy some land- like a couple of acres! I can’t leave my job for 3 months…"
She leans back against a post. “So tell me what you want to do?”
"Well I was hoping to put in 2 weeks next year and try it out - you know so I don’t have - like you said - illusions about farming. And really know if I want it. I was thinking my husband would also join me so we can learn together."
She nods her head. “Ok well next year is a long time. Come back and see me in May. We’ll talk more then.”
I smile relieved she didn’t say no, and thanked her graciously. Then ran away very quickly.
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