I wake up at six a.m. to Kanye West playing from Maia’s speakers: the current wake up selection. Any other morning I would roll over and try to sleep for a couple more minutes before forcing myself out of bed, but this morning I wake up and am ready to leave in ten minutes. For some reason, the prospect of getting to turn the compost draws me out of bed, and I cant wait to get to the farm and begin. As Yona and I leave the cabin to collect the full buckets from the kitchen, we are both completely pumped up and psyched to get to jump around in the compost piles.
We get to be part of such a cool part of the farm here. Not only do we have a perfectly legitimate excuse to jump around and get extra dirty (a very cool part), but we get to be part of the whole food process. We turn the food that would otherwise be thrown out and tossed into a landfill, help decompose it, and turn it into something that will eventually help new food grow in the garden to be consumed by the greater community in the coming years. We, by merely having fun in the compost, get to take part in this whole cycle.
As soon as I finish moving the pile from one side of the box to the other, Yona runs over, having just finished rinsing out the buckets, and we load up the wagon with newly emptied buckets and head back. Not only are we the first ones back from the farm, but we are so early that we even have time to stop in at morning gather before continuing on with our morning. We may get some stares while standing in the circle because of the distinct stench emanating from our boots, but we don’t care, because this has been possibly the best part of our morning.
Heading back to the cabin, with plenty of time before breakfast, I can’t wait for the rest of the day to begin. Where else in the world can I arrive at my classes in the morning perfectly refreshed from jumping around in decomposing food? Chewonki offers these amazing opportunities, and rare chances to look around and realize just how awesome of an experience we are getting. I think about all the different things I will do today, and smile at how great this all is.
-Jenna Paul-Shultz, Swarthmore, PA