Main Street Farms Visit – Student Post

A Visit to Main Street Farms – Tompkins Cortland Community College Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Student Post by Justin

Main Street FarmsIn the week of June 27th through July 5th we took a trip to Main Street Farms in Cortland and in Homer. We got a tour through the main farm site and the owner Allen told us about how they started in 2011 selling to various farmers markets to how they became a large scale provider from many restaurants, schools, grocery stores etc.  Allen took us through his fields and told us certain ways he does different things and how small details can make a big difference in farming such as making sure your rows are straight so it is easier to weed around the crops with a tractor. He also showed us all of his equipment and told us about each tool and what it does. He told us about how older equipment is very difficult to have because it needs to be maintained because it always breaking so you need to know how to fix things or you will have some issues.

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TC3 Sustainable Farming Student Perspectives – Indigo

This post continues our series on the perspectives of current students either enrolled in the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Degree Program at TC3, or taking classes in the program as electives while pursuing a TC3 Degree. We have a great group of students, and hope you enjoy hearing more about what they’ve been doing, and how it is affecting their learning and thinking.

See other other students perspectives here: HAILEYMARIACEDRICJUSTIN

 TC3 Farm Student Perspectives - Indigo

TC3 Sustainable Farming Student Perspectives – Indigo

The great philosopher Confucious once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”, and I believe there couldn’t be more truth to this statement. Even before high school I worried about pursuing my true passion in life, but I was always unsure. I was unsure what road to take and troubled by the possibility of failing if I did not choose correctly. I knew I loved art and nature, but what fulfilling job could I possibly find out of the two? I gave a shot at photography  after obtaining my first degree but I wasn’t satisfied – I burned for something more. When I stumbled upon the Sustainable Agriculture program at TC3, my mind immediately lit up. While I do love art, I had a feeling that this new program would be right for me. Over the course of just one semester I have found that nothing fills my spirit with more purpose and joy than working with the Earth to create delicious and sustainably grown produce. Like a sponge, I have soaked in the overwhelming amounts of information, but have done so with such excitement I have never felt before.

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