Today was a big day for the farm. We sold the one kiln that was still usable and all of the molds to two sisters from Kingsport. The money is going straight back into the building, and getting that stuff out of there frees up a lot of space. While there’s still a lot of work to be done, I feel like the building is slowly starting to take shape. So far, we’re still on schedule to have the space ready for installation of the first growing unit in late-April/early-May. Our next three steps are to seal the interior of the back wall with masonry sealant, spread gravel around the perimeter of the building, and finish cutting the brush along the back. Hopefully, we can get all of that done over the next two weekends.
Today is the last day of Spring Break, and I’m not looking forward to going back to the college tomorrow, but such is life. Just two more months, and I’ll be able to focus most of my time and energy on the farm. It’s so amazing the difference in how I feel after a day of back-breaking physical labor out there and a day of mind-numbing, soul-crushing work at school. Both leave me spent, but after working on the farm, I feel reinvigorated and hopeful, whereas after a day on campus, I feel broken and defeated. Without this opportunity to start the farm and have a fresh start, I’m not sure I could keep teaching much longer. The hope of change is all that keeps my spirits up enough to keep going.
That’s all for now. I’ll try to write more through the week.