We are long overdue to give you an update of the happenings at the CMU Farm this summer. It seems that the season is just flying by! Another update will be coming soon, but first we would like to introduce you to two people. We are fortunate, this year, to have two students from CMU doing their practicum at the CMU Farm! It has been great so far to have their help and their questions and to see them taking on many different tasks at the farm. So, without further ado, please (belatedly) welcome Britany and Karla to the CMU Farm!
Britany Marsolais is a karaoke superstar, but on the side she is finishing up her IDS degree at CMU with a practicum at the CMU Farm. She enjoys long walks in the vegetable patch, moonlit wheelbarrow rides, and never forgets to stop and smell the basil. Some of her favourite books include the Herbology scenes in Harry Potter, the passages in Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard where the barn is referenced, various mentions of assorted and interplanetary vegetations in The Illustrated Man, and The Bell Jar. Britany is interested in farms with firm and fresh produce, musky soil, sustainable seeding practices, and well-chiseled beds. Her ultimate goal is to become the first Prime Minister who is also a farmer.
Karla was born in Winnipeg but spent the majority of her formative years in Morden, Manitoba. This move was partially due to a dream of Karla’s mother to open a small-scale, organic bakery. From a young age, Karla was shown the importance of growing, making and buying food local, both through the bakery as well as through her parents’ large garden, her mother’s farmer’s market community and her father’s hobby honeybees. Through her education at CMU her interest in sustainable agriculture and food justice have grown. Karla has enjoyed her time at the CMU Farm thus far. It has been a chance to take knowledge that she has cultivated in the classroom and pair it with practical, hands-on skills. She has also had the opportunity to participate in the farm’s seed-saving work by growing out heritage seeds. Karla will graduate from CMU in April 2016 with a BA, Majoring in Social Science – Intercultural Studies.
Come by sometime and say hi to Karla and Britany and maybe stay for a while to pull some weeds with them!