Hello again! This week at Growing Power has been a crazy one, but as I was forewarned, every week is crazy on the farm. A hectic schedule can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Whenever I start to feel the pressure, I always remind myself of middle school math. As I first learned a new formula, I always struggled through the exercises. I didn’t think I would ever understand the process. But as one day folded into another, another formula was presented and to my ever-renewing surprise, I understood the past day’s work as it built upon the present.
The same can be said for most every new task I learn as Growing Power. I first began simply pulling weeds, which forced me to strengthen my plant identification skills. Then as I moved on to watering, I learned that different plants like different watering techniques, so my plant identification skills then came in handy. With transplanting and composting came a stronger understanding of the busy microscopic universe in the soil. Knowing I am feeding a whole world of organisms in the ground gives me the patience to water properly, which can often be a 5-hour task. I am slowly learning how everything works together symbiotically, and as I learn my ability to nurture the farm grows.
This is exciting for me. Aside from some container-garden dabblings, I have never worked with plants before and I love knowing I am gaining hands on knowledge about something I could only appreciate before. I have a lot left to learn, and I will most likely make a lot of mistakes along the way. Whenever I start to become overwhelmed, I just think about the Pythagorean theorem and how that little formula took me forever to get right. Now, a trigonometric function? No problem!