Pursuing the Job I Love

By on Sep 7, 2013 in Risks and Passions | 1 comment

I never wanted to be simply comfortable with my job.  I’ve always wanted to love my job. As a 19 year old college student I decided that academia wasn’t for me.  Farming was. And though I didn’t actually begin farming until age 25, the six intervening years were critical in my transformation from young dreamer to weathered vegetable grower.  My undergraduate Spanish degree felt virtually worthless and my few mediocre skills seemed misplaced once I left college.  So what if I could write a paper?  Use watercolors? Translate a passage?  Gifts that had given me self-confidence in the overly-affirming campus environment now felt like unnecessary laurels. I needed land. I needed equipment. I needed connections. I needed a market.  Oh, and yes.  I needed to learn how to farm. So I learned. During the six years after I graduated from college I had a vision so focused that I never once...