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Keeping Up Momentum

2011 November 21
by Aurora

Well, perhaps mimicking the changing seasons, my life has changed once again. My apprenticeship at Pokrov Farm has come to an end, and I am very grateful for the six months of learning and growing that I did there. For those of you who remember that it was originally going to be a year-long venture, don’t worry. It was a difficult but mutual decision and seems best. I have the opportunity and time to spend the winter in the city, researching my plans for next year, and saving money to hopefully find another apprenticeship come spring.

evening barn silhouette

evening barn silhouette


And now I find myself constantly aware of how easy it is to lose momentum at times like these. It is all on me to keep up the research, the networking, the thinking, the planning. To be diligent and disciplined with my money. To really think about what I want and then reach out and ask for it where I find it.

I know that I want to continue my education in animal husbandry. Perhaps in a different area (goats? sheep? alpaca? yaks?). Perhaps more dairy. I don’t know at this point. But I do know that I want more of what I had this summer; more hands-on, more failing forward, more dirty fingerprints no matter how hard I wash my hands.

A major factor for me in ending the apprenticeship was economic. With my summer job ended it wasn’t sustainable to keep driving 70 miles round-trip to the farm each day. I hate that money was a factor, but it was. My focus this winter, along with figuring out where I want to be, will be to make sure that it isn’t a factor next year.

I was fortunate enough to stumble into a job bar-tending at a neighborhood bar only a few blocks from my new apartment. The people are friendly, the customers are regular, and I know I’ll learn a lot this winter too.

I am currently inspired by this farmer and this article. I’m also very inspired by all the encouragement I’ve received from friends and family. Lastly, I’m inspired by my own enthusiasm for this pursuit. It’s never been so easy to tell I’m on the right path.

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  1. Alice permalink*
    November 21, 2011

    You didn’t stumble into the bartending gig, you hunted it down! Give yourself more credit, ermana.

    I’m excited to see what you do next. I’m rooting for dairy, as I am enjoying the cheesemaking I’ve been dabbling in.

  2. November 22, 2011

    Aurora you should head to Essex! They are good people and they love hard workers. Plus they’re hiring!

    Alternatively I know some goat-cheese makers in Vermont…

  3. November 22, 2011

    Maybe we should start a support group for people pursuing alternative careers. I’ve totally been there, so many times – when the bakery I was working for last year closed and I took a job with the soup company, I wondered if I was losing my direction. But I actually learned a ton working for a different company, with a different business model, and I’m so grateful for the experience. Bottom line is, if you want something, you’ll pursue it – your enthusiasm will guide you. And doing something different is always going to be harder than doing something conventional, but I think the potential rewards are great.

    • November 26, 2011

      Thanks, ladies, for your comments. It helps to know there are other people out there going through the same “oh crap, where am I going out on this limb?” process. I just wish the community of like-minded people wasn’t so darn spread out on the map…

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