Wesley in Atlanta: Day 4!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

            When you think of a farm you probably don’t picture 9 acres of land in the middle of a big city such as Atlanta. Wednesday, our group had the pleasure of working on the farm of the church we were staying at—something I wasn’t particularly excited about but was pleasantly surprised. In the evening we shopped around Atlantic Station, but mostly reflected on the struggles and laughs we had throughout the day on the farm. Here are the 20 things you’ll learn while working on a farm. Proceed with caution: goats bite.

1.     Composting is really cool (and something that gives back to the earth what it gave to us)

2.     Goats and Sheep will eat anything (even coffee filters and trash)

3.     A male sheep is a ram

4.     A baby sheep is a lamb (and the cutest animal on the farm)

5.     A female sheep is an ewe

6.     Sheep is just a general term

7.     Chicken will indeed run after you if you are holding a scoop of food

8.     There are no pregnant chickens (Thank you, Bailey)

9.     It’s amazing what you can accomplish with the right tools and people, such as making a sheep pen. Ewe pen? Lamb pen? Ram pen? (Once you actually find the tools you need)

10.  Vinca plant, a poisonous vine that can kill goats, is also somewhat impossible to find in the ground and to pull out of the ground (Emily, Mikala, Leslie, and Dave can attest to this after doing it for 4 hours)

11.  Adam is really good at controlling fires (including multiple fires, on an incline)

12.  Lost goats can be found on school rooftops

13.  Bailey can sing (songs she makes up about whatever activity is taking place)

14.   Emus are not friendly (or pretty) animals

15.  The distance between gardening berms should be four feet wide

16.  You can meet some cool people (like Brenda, who travelled from her home in Canada to spend her 3-week vacation volunteering on gardens in Georgia)

17.  Red clay isn’t great for gardening (and will stain your shoes)

18.  Pigs are smelly (but Leslie kisses them anyway)

19.  The food grown on the farm will benefit the community

20.  Just how thankful you are for what you have and how the work you’ve done will better so many people.

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