We're also just finishing up our first week of hosting WWOOFers. WWOOF is an organization that pairs workers with host farms; we farmers offer room, board, and the opportunity for some interesting work on a farm in exchange for a half day's work. In the best cases, it's really a win/win situation, and I think Jun and Thodoris would agree it worked out pretty well. With their help we harvested great products for our first market, got on top of some hoeing, and transplanted the bejeezus out of some lettuce, broccoli, peppers, eggplants, and more. I've heard some farmers complain about jealously seeing their WWOOF volunteer workers lounging around in the afternoon while the farmers toil in the fields, but I quite enjoyed seeing these guys relaxing... It made me grateful to have such hard-working help, and hopeful that one day I, too, could sit on the porch and play guitar for the dog. I will admit, though, that I WAS jealous that Junichi took the dog swimming at our neighbor's "beach"... But only a little.
Last night Cara and I came inside at 8pm, after I'd gotten up at 5 to start an irrigation pump, put in a couple hours digging a trench for a drain line before breakfast, then generally burned the wick at three ends all day, knowing I had to get up at a luxurious 4am the next morning (to commute 200 miles to work a 12 hour day laying cable in New York City?!). We came in at 8pm, an unusual hour before dark, and Jun asked, "You're coming in early?"