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I’ve got 99 problems and all of them are chickens

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[Written June 19, 2016]

TL;DR The chickens can be a pain in the ass. Before we get into why, here are some cute pictures of them, because I do love them when I don’t hate them.

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The pullets, or younger chickens who don’t lay eggs yet out in the mobile coop. These chickens are free-range in that they aren’t fenced in, but they are fed by us so not 100% real free range chickens (though they also do eat whatever is growing near them).

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Our older laying hens/roosters over at the intern coop (the one next to our house). This is a photo of them eating their 10am greens. The chickens eat grain in the morning and are fed greens mid-morning. They eat exactly what we eat.

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On Moving to Petaluma, CA and My First 2 Weeks at Green String Farm!

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[Written sometime around June 16th?]

First of all, I sadly noticed a few days ago that my blog about being accepted to Green String Institute somehow disappeared. I am sure I double-checked it when I posted and it had text so I have no idea how/when/why this happened. Hoping I stumble upon a draft or something somewhere, but for now it’s gone.

Before I say anything else I want to link to my main Green String Institute Flickr photo album HERE. And a cool one of our communal meals HERE. There are almost certainly duplicates in the main album, and I’ll work on updating it and deleting them when I have wifi access!

That said – I made it to Petaluma! My last days in Philadelphia were hectic and busy even though I did my best to prevent it. I found out the same day I was accepted to Green String that my landlord was selling my house, so my original plan to store things there for summer was thwarted and I had to quickly move everything I own. I lived on Mole street for six years, the longest I’ve lived anywhere after moving out of my childhood home, so it was bittersweet to be packing up and going after so long… and there was a lot of stuff.

My last week in Philly was insane because I was stubborn and felt bad asking people to help so I ended up moving 85% of my house alone. I was still moving my belongings at 11am the day I flew out (at 4pm). Talk about down to the wire. I ended up not ever having a going away party and spending my last night in Philly alone at The Dolphin with some friends who work there and then staying out way too late at an after hours social club. It was much less stressful than a big party would have been but I definitely wish I had said an official goodbye to more people (I barely saw anyone unless we worked or circused together).

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One month at Green String Institute down, two to go!

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).

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