What does the summer of a tap dancer look like? Well, mine started out on the family farm of dear friends. Being around nature, performing simple tasks, doing physical work, and talking about tap dance history, family, and faith were all part of the trip. After experiencing life on a sheep farm a few years ago, I’ve tried to make it a point of finding myself living “the simple life” at least once a year.
This is what the simple life looked like for the few days I was able to stay on the farm. The first job was to shored up the foundation of the barn in the hopes of preparing the space for the winter. This is included digging out the stones of the original foundation, cutting out a chunk of the old beam, preparing a mold for the new foundation of cement, mixing and pouring the cement, and finally installing new wood at the base of the old beam.
Next was learning about farming. Having grown up in the suburbs and spending most of my time in cities, I knew very little about actually farming until this experience. So this is what I learned: How to prepare the soil for planting, planting seeds, and a little about how to plan a garden. There’s tons more that I couldn’t learn on this short trip, but I hope to soon.
In between work we talked about the issues facing food quality and quantity in urban areas, how to be prudent and prepared “just in case”…and what the rhythm of life is like tending to a family farm, compared to that of a city cat like myself.
If your interested in learning more about where I was and what my friends are up to, you can visit them here!