CSA Week 10: Working for Anthony & Leslie has been the highlight of my summer

Hello members! My name is Davida Task, I am 18 years old and have been working for Second Wind farm as the official veggie packer and weed puller! I will be taking over the blog for the next couple weeks, thank you for reading!

WHAT AMAZING FOODS YOU WILL RECEIVE THIS WEEK!

  • Tomatoes
  • Summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Fennel
  • Fresh onion
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Chard
  • Mini Lettuce
  • Sheep Yogurt ORDER FORM
        Working for Anthony and Leslie has been the highlight of my summer...

 When I first arrived at the farm 
I did not know Anthony was a part of Second Wind Farm! 
I showed up and he was the first person I saw, tethered to the ground.
 I introduced myself and asked him where Farmer Leslie was. 
At the time, I had no clue they were a couple or worked together!

 From that moment on I have cracked his shell a bit and made him laugh a couple of times.
 This has been a quite rewarding experience and I look forward to getting to know him more as we work together. 
Anthony is about as humble as humble can be.

On this visit to Four Winds Farm, I had no clue what to expect. 
He called Leslie over and she interviewed me as the first employee they have ever hired. 

 A fiery dirty blonde young woman with bright eyes.
 I liked her from the moment we met. 
In our meeting, she spoke to me with candor and respect
 unlike any other boss I have encountered.
 It seemed too good to be true, having the opportunity to work for a small business that values my labor and time as much as their own. 

Since I was hired about a month ago
 Leslie and I have been packaging your delicious vegetables together 
singing Hairspray or talking about our past and future lives. 

Leslie is energetic, vulnerable, and confident. 
Working side by side with her we have developed a close relationship
professional yet incredibly loving. 

Leslie is not only a hard worker and passionate, but she is extremely thoughtful. 
She takes the time she needs to think
 about what is the best way to put delicate tomatoes in your full boxes, 
check in with me about my well being, 
and on the hottest days encourages 
everyone to drink water and take shade breaks. 

This work is not easy!
 The life of a farmer is calculated, not extremely rewarding or forgiving 
yet she always takes a moment to reflect and pause, rarely in a haste.
 Leslie deeply cares about you, me, and the food she grows.

 Next time you see her
 I encourage you to hand her a round of applause. 


 On the field and off, one can imagine how Leslie and Anthony are opposites. 
I recall one time they were deciding on whether to hand weed or scuffle a bed top.
 Anthony was set on scuffling the bed
 he felt it was a waste of time to hand weed.
 Leslie disagreed.
As they discussed the matter, neither of them raised their voices but both stuck by their opinions. Eventually, someone had to respect the other's idea and go with it.

 I admire how they work together
although sometimes Anthony thinks Leslie's ideas are a little bonkers,
 they always manage to get the job done together! 
This is a result of trusting one another.  
Trust is one of the backbones of their professional and romantic relationship. 
Any farming venture they continue to do in their lives will be rooted in their deep consideration for one another’s ideas. 
This will enable their future success. 


Working for your favorite farmers has been the highlight of my summer. 
Not only because working for Second Wind Farms is amazing and I feel blessed to contribute to small scale community oriented farming but because Anthony and Leslie are the best bosses I have ever had. 
Anthony always answers questions I have about certain tools and procedures. 
They have both been patient teaching me how to weed efficiently and correctly.
 I have never worked on a farm before, as a result of this great experience
I am planning to put college on hold to apprentice with a diversified farm for the year. 
As my bosses, they have both been more than supportive in this decision.

 For the past couple of weeks I have gone to their house for Sunday night dinners to talk about future planning. 
Anthony and Leslie have become my family and I can not wait to see what they do next. 
Anyone who works with them in the future will have the honor to know them as people and employers. 

Tune in next week! Thank you for taking the time to read the blog! 

Truly yours,
Davida

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