I was lucky enough to be Snowdrift’s first WWOOFer (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms), and I couldn’t have asked for a better match. After finishing my sophomore year at the George Washington University, I traveled west to Victor where I spent a month with the Snowdrift family. Coincidentally, Emily Sustick is a GW alum and former rower (I’m currently a coxswain on the women’s team). What are the chances that I would find a connection way out west… small world! I did not have any farming experience before arriving at Snowdrift but Erika, Georgie, and Sue were all patient and fantastic teachers, and interns Ken and Althea quickly got me in the loop.
I’m interested in pursing a career in the field of sustainable agriculture, so having the opportunity to get such hands on experience was priceless. I dove right in on my first day by shoveling animal poop with Ken and setting up fencing with Georgie. It sure was a warm welcome to the farm! Over the course of the month my duties included planting, hoeing, weeding, watering, feeding the animals, harvesting, cooking, and much more… with plenty of adventures in between of course! The living accommodations were extremely comfortable and there was never a shortage of fresh veggies to eat!
Erika had I write down my goals at the beginning of my stay at Snowdrift, and I can confidently say that I reached all of them. I learned about the practices of local organic farming, particularly biodynamics; I lived a healthier and more active lifestyle; I explored an area of the country that I was completely unfamiliar with; I experimented with new foods and ways of cooking; I became more in touch with earth, nature, and the outdoors; I formed awesome new friendships and learned something from everyone I met along the way; and I took the time to step back from my normally hectic life and focus on myself.
I am so grateful for my experience at Snowdrift Farm and how much it helped me to grow as a person. I learned many valuable lessons that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. I cannot wait to return here and create even more lasting memories!