Nat Wiseman & Jessica Sanguesa - Dec '11 - Feb '12
Our internship at Allsun Farm was an inspiring and rewarding experience. We loved being on the farm every day, learning the patterns, routines and responsibilities needed to run a successful, holistic market garden. As well as learning all about growing vegetables from seed all the way to harvest, we looked after the chickens and pigs, maintained the garden, and learned many other things including preserving, value-adding produce, planning and project management. Joyce and Mike's depth of knowledge coupled with a super-organised, well-stocked library meant we could keep our minds full of farm knowledge almost every waking hour of the day!
As well as working at the farm, we loved the excursions Joyce and Mike organised to like-minded farms, backyard gardens, restaurants and community and school gardens we met lots of wonderful people and these 'extra-curricular' trips wove a thread of interconnectedness between the many different ways of growing food.
To future interns and anyone considering undertaking an internship, we would definitely recommend it! We're so glad we made the commitment to spend some dedicated time learning about farming. Obviously there is so much more we need to learn, but it was an amazing, intensive kick-start to what we hope will be a lifetime of growing food. Our immediate plan is to find some land close to the city to start growing on possibly through suburban backyards, but we have also been scoping out the remnant market garden land lying unused along the River Torrens, 15 minutes from the city of Adelaide and still zoned for horiculture. There are hectares of unused space just ready for growing on but we'll have to jump a fair few hurdles to get it happening! We will start small but hope to inspire others to join us in starting an Urban Growers co-operative sometime in the future. The skills we have picked up at Allsun are coming in handy every day, and we have had such an enthusiastic response from our family, friends and community, that we know it is going to be a worthwhile journey.