L. Baker – ’00

Looking Back

I have two days left here at Seven Springs before I head back to the busy life of college. It has been a blessing to spend the summer here at the farm. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The lush green mountains of Virginia, the like minded alternative community of Floyd, the music, and everything about the farm. I remember the first day pulling into Seven Springs I was nervous and curious to see what I would find. I was greeted with big hugs from Polly and Ron and a beautiful farm. I knew that Seven Springs was going to be a great place to learn and grow for the summer.

Now I look back on my summer here and wonder where the time went. It has been filled with so much learning and lots of laughter. I learned all aspects of an organic farm and the Community Supported Agriculture. It was hard work but the kind of hard work that you look forward to. Both Polly and Ron were always open to taking time to show and teach me whatever I wanted to learn, from plant identification/herb walks, to compost piles, and tons more. I got to see the whole life of the plants from working in the greenhouse planting seeds all the way to harvesting the plants to feed families. It is a wonderful process. There is a ton to learn about organic farming and Seven Springs is a very comfortable loving place to learn it.

I am sad that the time has come for me to leave this magical place but I give thanks for the time I got to spend here. I leave here with: a solid understanding of organic farming along with tons of other knowledge, a reconnection to my dreams and visions, a stronger connection to mother earth, and many loving relationships with beautiful people and beautiful animals. Seven Springs will always have a place in my heart.

– Linley Baker