Goodbye Sunny Meadow Farm

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.

A lot of our time at Sunny Meadow was spent planting starts… especially salad starts. Here are a few rows of salad and a bed of onions among some pumpkins we harvested as well. 

Brighton Butterhead Lettuce: 

Altero Lettuce:

Claytonia or Miner’s Lettuce:

With Karl Oman’s help (He made a brief visit to the farm during his two-month trip around Europe) we built a windbreak for some broccoli so that it can survive through the winter. 

A few long beds of onions and garlic. 

We spent some rainy days in the cattle shed building these two workbenches and organizing tools. Pretty good for two non-carpenters I would say. 

One morning was spent picking tomatoes and making some homemade sauce to jar for the winter. 

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.

Here are a few more photos that I had of the farm and of us that haven’t fit into any past blogs: 

Jacob eating some award winning Killeen Farmhouse Cheese. We are definitely going to miss that cheese: 

Jacob outside our lovely bathroom: 

Me shelling Fava Beans. 

The lovely view from our window on a few different days: 

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.

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About Madeline Dickerson

I am a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with Bachelor of Arts degrees in magazine journalism and cinema studies. I am currently interning at the "Chinook Observer" in Long Beach, Washington. I plan on pursuing a career in photojournalism and reporting.
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4 Responses to Goodbye Sunny Meadow Farm

  1. Lynn Dickerson says:

    aauuuwwhhhh……….tearin’ up now…..you guys and the feisty kitty all look so cute, so happy, so productive and “sa damn irish I mite add” I did love the reflection in this post -really a strong one as are you two…..love you so much……mom

  2. Priscilla Moore says:

    Beautiful Madeline and Jacob!!
    So many priceless gifts you have gained. Madeline, you snared miss kitty (I forget her name), and Scooby helping you shell Fava beans! What are Fava beans like?
    I like the garlic rows….and Jacob strolling through the bounty….and your sauce, and the benches you made!!

  3. betsy wilson says:

    Ah! I must have just missed you, I spent May and June (and part of July) there this summer – your photos are lovely, it made me miss everyone so much. Thanks for posting them!

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