Exciting, I will be a real intern on a biodynamic farm this year! Common Good Farm north of Lincoln is one of only two biodynamic farms in Nebraska. They make certified-organic look lame (kidding!). Certified Biodynamic basically takes Organic and adds another layer of stewardship: minimum 10% of the farm devoted to biodiversity and ongoing programs to build soil health. I’ll be doing about 15 hours a week, divided into one evening after work and all day on Saturdays. Check out Common Good Farm at http://www.commongoodfarm.com/
It’s a little odd to think that this “first” post will most likely wind up somewhere in the middle by the time I get all my old notes posted. But I can’t rewind the clock to the actual beginning, whenever that was; many thoughts and events have occurred already. So I have to just start where I am and keep filling entries, future or past.
Let’s jump right in and talk about time management. I’m not an expert on it, although I do seem to have lots of experience failing to manage it. One thing I know however is that I already feel too busy. Yet somehow I have to find time to learn about farming substantially enough to be able to make game changing decisions. It was illuminating to put my week into a spreadsheet, mapped down to the half hour. I ended up with a whole two and a half hours of time not spoken for! That told me either a) I was unrealistic about what I should expect to accomplish in a certain timeframe, b) I need to figure out how to become more efficient with certain tasks, or c) I’m mistaken in what is really necessary.