Our current intern is Olga, a young woman from Poland who is interested in the study of naturopathy, defined by Wikipedia as " a form of alternative medicine employing a wide array of 'natural' treatments, including homeopathy, herbalism, and acupuncture, as well as diet and lifestyle counseling."
Because of her personal experience with an eating disorder and having food allergies, it is important to Olga to figure out what is the healthiest means of fueling the body. She has read about the Paleo Diet and some of it makes sense, and she is a follower of Weston A. Price. She knows that by entering Warsaw University of Life Sciences in the fall, she will become more enlightened about food and it's source. Frankly, we are impressed with how much Olga already knows about a healthy diet, fermentation, and the affect that processed sugars and grains have on the body.
On this particular day, Olga was in the kitchen making garlic scape pesto. "What do you like about being on the farm?" I asked. She thought for a moment then replied "Not weeding. Weeding is my personal hell." She said she has loved learning about how to plant seeds and starts, using our new method of applying cardboard, then leaf mold.
On a day when our field of sunflowers began blooming, all the flower heads faced east. Olga had thoughts of returning to Poland, working hard for a couple of years, saving money and returning to the farm. "Barry and Mackey are really unique." She intends to come back, to work, to know the land more intimately.