This week we have four students from the Culinary School of the Rockies volunteering with us. CSR has a "Farm to Table" program to train chefs to source food organically, locally and in season. They have to do a three week farm rotation as part of their course work. Almost every day we have at least one volunteer who comes out for 4hrs. or so. We love our volunteers. And we always need more. There is Nicki, the yarn spinner, who comes on Monday, Malinda the ex-synchronized swimmer who comes on Tuesday and Elijah the 14yr. old hippie who comes on Wednesday and knows more about veggies than I do. Really impressive how much knowledge this kid has. It is especially fun to see the reaction of a first time volunteer when they work on the farm. Listen to me! I sound like I've been here for two years not two weeks. But you get assimilated quick, haha ;) Anyway...yesterday, we were preparing a bed for planting and pulling out the thistles. It's pretty time consuming and you have to wear gloves. Hilary, one of the CSR students, said, "I have so much more respect for produce now that I understand how much work goes into the production." I smiled and thought to myself, "exactly!" We got another one hooked!