Dear Curiosity Journal,

Our new intern, Annie, is settling into life on the land and finding the flow of farming. She is joining us from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she is pursuing a degree in Sustainable Agriculture. She is curious about farm systems, the cycles of the season, and the ins and outs of what it takes to run a vegetable business. On Tuesday, we took a field trip to my dad’s land in Kendall to dig our final harvest of ramps, which was an opportune activity to discuss and practice sustainable harvesting. We talked about how ramps reproduce, the appearance of abundance but reality of the limited resources, and ways to promote the continuance of a flourishing patch. We stopped at Morning Star Produce, a quaint little Amish store, on the way to pick up a few groceries and I can imagine it was quite a cultural shift from her typical Minneapolis shopping experience. We’re happy to welcome Annie to Keewaydin and look forward to offering her a full immersion Driftless adventure.