Okay, so this is my last Luxy Farm Blog.
I am writing this after having said goodbye to my parents with whom I had my first official dinner in my new apartment.
So I now sit in my living room, with boxes all around me, but I surprisingly feel at home. I’ve been so busy the last couple of weeks, I really can’t believe I am where I am at the moment.
My internship is over; I have learnt how to grow food on my own. I am excited about starting my new job at Ecollegey-The Real Green Grocer. And I now have my own place; a beautiful, sunny and comfy place that already feels like home. Things have just been rolling, rolling into place it seems, and here’s hoping that they keep on rolling.
This all started April 22, when I first started at Luxy Farm. The first 2 weeks were pretty rainy and cold, but I didn’t mind because everything was new and exciting. I guess it was fitting then that my last week on the farm was also rainy and cold. But even though it wasn’t as new or exciting anymore, it was still enjoyable. I realized (and reminded myself) that although it was rainy and cold, working outside in the fresh air was still better than sitting at a desk all day long.
Being back in the city is definitely going to take some getting used to I think. I am excited about being home with friends and family, starting a new job, having a garden next summer, and getting involved in the green community in Montreal. But I really have been living in a different world for the past 5 1/2 months. Whenever I came home on the weekends I felt like I was travelling from one world to another. I’ve never had the ‘city life’ experience and I do want to experience it. I know I am going to have a blast living downtown, being close to my friends and eating at yummy restaurants. And I will appreciate it for however long I am here, but I know I don’t want to be here forever. I hope to eventually make my way back out to the country, even if it’s just a St-Eustache farm.
And I know this because of what I did this summer. I have learnt a lot of things over the past couple of months and I have grown as a person, but I believe the most important thing I have gotten out of all this is a goal for the future. It may not be perfectly painted out, the specifics may not be laid out straight, but I now know for sure that I want to live a simple and self sufficient life. I hope to eventually have a piece of land, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, a place where I can feel completely alone and yet not alone at all. A place where I can grow food for myself, my family and friends for the whole year. A lifestyle that allows me to be outside in the fresh air most of the day. One in which I wake up with the sun and go to bed with the sun. A life where I am creating things on my own, the master of my fate.
Leaving the farm, I feel like I can take on the world. I am extremely empowered by the idea of being able to grow my own food. Last week I was out in the field jumping/dancing to my music, and the sun was setting over the trees right in front of me. In that moment I felt like I was having a staring contest with life, and I knew I was going to win. I realized then that I can take whatever life throws at me, because no one and nothing can take my spark, my passion or my smile away from me. No matter what happens, I will never lose what makes me me, I will never lose the fire I have for life.
And with that, I pretty much feel like I can end this blog. I was going to write about the songs of the summer: Elmo’s song (thank you Ayla) and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (seemingly the only song Rebecca had on her Ipod). And I was going to jokingly write about my extremely healthy digestive system (poor Rebecca) after a summer of green vegetables but frankly I’m tired and I’m sure you can live without the detailed explanation of the latter.
Before I end this blog though, I would like to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to the Luxy Crew. Thank you Daizy and Johnny for allowing me to come to the farm this summer and learn from you. Thank you Johnny for teaching me how to grow food, and for putting up with all of us women, I know we aren’t the easiest beings to work with. Thank you Daizy for feeding me delicious meals and wonderful baked goods. Thank you Ayla for being the cutest thing in the world and always putting a smile on my face. Thank you Oma and Chris for being mothers to all of us girls. Thank you Molly, Jango and Marie-Lou (the dog and cats) for being my animal companions and showering me with love. And thank you Chloe and Rebecca, for being the amazing people that you are. I couldn’t have asked for two better companions. I am so happy I was able to share this experience with you guys.
And so, that ends my blog. Fret not however, for although this may be my last Luxy Farm blog, it is not to be my last blog. I will keep blogging that is for sure. I plan to work on my recipes and resources pages. I have read lots of books over the summer and I plan to share them with you. I plan to provide you with notes/summaries on different topics from different books, so that even if you don’t get around to buying or reading them, you can still learn with me. Perhaps I will also start a daily or weekly food blog (it’s bigger than me really).
Therefore I will write again soon. For now I wish you a very good night. And I very much hope you have enjoyed my blogs, for I have enjoyed writing them.
Till next time!