I have been meaning to write a post about a typical day on the farm for a while now. And thanks to a few faithful readers for your curiosity I will try to fill in some of the gaps for you all. But first I need to rewind to the summer of 2008. That is when Taylor and I first began talking about working on Hutchins Farm.
It was a hot July afternoon in Bend, Oregon when we received a surprise package in the mail. Blueberries! But these were not your average blueberries. They were organic, delicious, and most importantly, grown by Taylor’s dad. I declared them the best berries I had ever tried. And after consuming about a pound of those blueberries my mind began to wander. It wandered all the way back to the east coast where the berries had been grown.
I am lucky to have Taylor by my side whenever I start thinking of crazy ideas for the future. He is a dreamer as well and we were both dreaming up ideas for what we wanted our future to look like. And one common theme that particular day were those blueberries. And for some reason two years passed and we were still thinking about them. And that’s when we hopped in the car and drove east.
Lucky for us, those delicious berries we consumed out in Oregon were grown on Taylor’s family farm. Taylor’s dad and uncle are the farmers and owners of the land and we had a sneaky feeling they would put us to work if we so desired. Which we did. And now as you all know, we are currently employed by Hutchins Farm.
One of the great things about Hutchins Farm is that we are surrounded by seasoned farmers. We have not one, not two, but four amazing farmers who are multi talented. Not only are they knowledgable farmers, but they are mechanics, they are accountants, they are irrigation specialists, they are welders, they know how to operate heavy machinery. They know what, why, and how things grow in specific locations on the farm. They know what needs to get planted where, when, and what needs to follow that planting. The duties are divided up between them. We have a farm manager, and orchard specialist, and irrigation/cultivating/mechanic/welder specialist. The list goes on. Which is why we are so lucky to work here. We didn’t have to go out and buy 70 acres of land on our own, or stay up all night worrying if the greenhouse is going to blow over on an exceptionally windy night (our farm manager gets to do that!) We casually showed up and were put to work.
Our days typically start at 7 am. We have a brief meeting with our farm manager and take the day from there. The field crew can be as few as 3 people in the early spring and late fall, to over 10 people in the heart of the summer.
Taylor and I get days off along with everyone else, but there is always someone at the farm round the clock. The days can be extremely long and hard, and I would be lying if I said I loved every minute of it. I try to keep the blog up beat, but that doesn’t mean the some days I am so exhausted that I am brought to tears. However, that is what makes it all the more rewarding.
And of course, when we are not at Hutchins Farm we are at the Emerson house cleaning and doing yard work. We do not give tours, we are simply the care takers. I know that is what attracted many of you to the blog in the first place. However, (as many of you can tell) it is not something I choose to write about. We are passionate about the farm and that is where our hearts are.
I hope this answered some of your questions. And please feel free to ask more questions if/when you have them. If I don’t know the answer I know who does.
And again, thank you to everyone who has been reading along. I appreciate each and every one of you.