Take a moment to enjoy some of the sights on the farm in August.
She hunched over the bed of the gator on a sunny, crisp morning, reading plans for the new high tunnel for Red Sunflower Farm. Martha came to the farm through the WWOOF program. She works as an outdoor educator, which is seasonal work. She leads wilderness and outdoor groups teaching survival skills.
Martha came to Red Sunflower by way of a two-month wilderness adventure through Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. She has been grateful for another resident/volunteer on the farm, Chase, for taking her along to Young Farmers Association meetings. Martha says that a slower lifestyle helps her to thrive and that the farm has given her that gentle reminder to slow down.
During a lunch of venison burgers with cheese and salad (mostly) from the garden consisting of cabbage, green onions, lettuce, pecans, walnuts, and cheese with a balsamic vinegrette that Martha concocted improptu, we talked about food preparation, something she likes doing. Martha shared a recipe for Squashamole. Check out the recipe from the RSF Kitchen.
Martha will be leaving us soon. We'll miss her self-starting, tackle-any-task attitude on the farm where, even in winter, there is always .
Roselyn "Rose" Roark has joined us this summer, all the way from San Francisco, CA, to learn about sustainable farming practices and homestead operations here at Red Sunflower Farm. As an English major from UC Berkeley, she is also using her downtime to work on her first fiction novel inspired by her ancestry from eastern Kentucky.
Rose is helping us with day-to-day field duties, along with CSA-related harvesting and distribution, while also experiencing the rewards that come with living closer to the land. She is incubating her first batch of duck eggs, collected from our farm's resident duck family, and we hope to meet the little ducklings just a week before she leaves in the middle of July.
If you pick up your CSA share from our Wednesday Farmers Market in Bellevue, be sure to give Rose a warm Kentucky welcome!
If you're interested in a farming apprenticeship here at Red Sunflower, visit our Invitation page for more information.