This week was my first on the ranch. I had no idea what to expect but I was definitely not
prepared for the physical exertion. I had a tour of the place & was shown where everything was,
most of which I forgot. Then I helped Sara with her chicken chores. It was wild to see so many
chickens free ranging, especially because later that night I watched a Last Week Tonight
episode about the poultry industry. I was disgusted by it but also thankful that there are other
ways of doing it, like Sara does, and have happy chickens. It was Friday, so we had a group lunch
where I got to meet everybody & we ate alpaca meat that they had slaughtered. For the rest of
the day I helped Ben process watercress that they had harvested. It was about dark by the
time I left and I was absolutely exhausted.
The next day Ben brought six trays of tomatoes from the CSU student sustainable farm that had
an aphid infestation. We set up a Dr. Bronner’s solution & leaf by leaf we scraped off the aphids
and dipped the plants in the solution. Even with five of us working, it took us hours.