When Jacob and I started seriously looking for hosts to WWOOF for last winter, we weren’t exactly sure what we wanted. We knew we wanted to learn a lot about farming and have memorable experiences but that was about it. We hoped we would find a host who we enjoyed and who would help us get to know Ireland.
We got all that and much more and definitely didn’t realize at the time how big of a mark our first WWOOF destination would make on us and how much we would miss it once we left.
At Sunny Meadow Farm we worked hard and got stronger. We learned a lot about agriculture, Ireland, organics, and as sappy as it sounds, ourselves. And we also met and got to know some incredible people who we will never forget and who we will hopefully, one day, get to see again.
Dermot, Laoise, and Emer were incredible hosts who made us feel right at home with them every day and night. I think it’s safe to say that most twenty-somethings don’t usually get along all that well with people between the ages of 7-15. But the girls are two of the most entertaining, witty, and intelligent pre-teens Jacob and I have both ever had the pleasure of dining with. We will miss their hilarious antics and knock-knock jokes very much.
And as for Dermot, well, he guided us everyday through the wonderful world that is organic farming. We both learned something every day we were there and have taken away much from the experience that we look forward to putting to good use once we’re home.
I could go on and on but I won’t. In a nutshell, Jacob and I already miss the place but treasure the memories we made there and the small mark we hope we made.
Here are a few photos of “the after” of some pieces of the farm.
Where there was once beds of tall sunflowers and carrots, there is now bright green spinach that will be harvested through the winter and carrot seeds keeping warm under some fleece.
These are just a few of the things Jacob and I got to work on during our 6 weeks on the farm. There were too many experiences to recount.
And that concludes our time at Sunny Meadow Farm. Thanks again to all who made our time there a very special one that we will always cherish.