[Written June 25, 2016]
Trigger warning: This post contains information about a farm animal harvest and may be upsetting to animal advocates/lovers and non-meat eaters. I’ll put another warning further in the post before the graphic parts for people who have a slight interest but don’t want to see anything too gross.
The internship day I’ve been dreading most was yesterday: our chicken harvest lesson. I overheard some of our supervisors speaking last week so knew it was coming this week, and we were officially told on Wednesday that it would likely happen on Friday. It was almost rescheduled due to a wedding taking place at the farm today, but when we told Bob about this his response was “Fuck the wedding, kill the chickens!” I really love Bob.
I was curious how this harvest would go considering there would be a wedding rehearsal/set up going on at the same time, but it turns out the groom was an intern at Green String and the couple didn’t really care. After our first chicken example, we walked back to the coop to get the first set of roosters for interns and a woman (a wedding planner maybe?) was out front of the wedding barn and smiled and said to me “It looks like you all are on a tour!” I awkwardly replied “Um something like that…” and the groom laughed and told her “They’re slaughtering chickens!!” I grimaced. Not the most ideal verbiage for something that feels so sensitive., even if it’s technically true.
Whoa it’s been a while! I have been writing up blogs this whole time, but we have very limited Wifi on the farm and it won’t connect to my laptop so they are trapped there for a little while. In the meantime, I bucked up and decided to write something from my phone. Apparently my last entry somehow got cleared so the TL;DR is that I am currently an intern at Green String Farm in Petaluma, California as part of their Green String Institute program. I have a blog post with details on what we do/our typical day/etc that should be posted soon :).
I wanted to litter this post with images, but limited time and data/control of wordpress from my phone is killing that idea. In the meantime, general photos can be found HERE and photos from all of our communal intern meals can be found HERE. Both are usually about a week behind.
For now, thoughts one month in! All quotes within this post are from Bob (Cannard, the leader of GSF and our teacher at GSI).