Ever since I was a kid I daydreamed about what it would be like to live on a farm. I loved pigs, and my parents bought me many adorable stuffed animal pigs to adorn my bed, but that was the closest my dream has ever come to reality. Obviously, as a child you fantasize in a way that is not quite realistic, but a lot of those feelings I had about what it would be like to live on a farm still ring true.
I enjoy physical work, and gain a much greater sense of satisfaction when I have accomplished something with own two hands and go to bed feeling tired an somewhat sore. You know that feeling you get when you go to bed after working muscles you haven't used for awhile? I love that feeling!, it reminds me I have accomplished something that day and puts a smile on my face as I ease my head onto my pillow. I assume farmers fall asleep with that sense of satisfaction every night. Personally, I have't felt that feeling since last summer when I attempted the summit of Mount Athabasca almost a year ago. I love movement; being able to move about outside for most of the day really appeals to me. Maybe, I am idealizing it in my head, but eating something that you worked to create seem so wholesome and nourishing.
The idea of creating my own small sustainable garden to feed my family fills me with a great sense of freedom.
Today I stopped daydreaming and applied for a position as a farming apprentice.
I've been looking at and researching apprenticeship programs for the last few weeks and really feel the experience could be a mutually beneficial experience for myself and the program that accepts me.
My future goal is to buy a small piece of land and grow my own vegetables and herbs, and maybe raise a few egg laying hens, but a lack of knowledge is holding me back. I am capable of purchasing a plot of land, and putting the work in, but I lack experience- 'the greatest teacher of all'. Books and google searches can only teach you so much and for the rest you need to dig deep, and get your hands dirty and experience it for yourself. I am hoping to be a sponge and soak up knowledge from seasoned veteran farmers.
If you have a passion to learn and grow your knowledge (and your own food), these websites offers varying apprenticeships and job opportunities:
With the right attitude, work ethic, and knowledge I believe anything is possible!