Farm work is not for the light hearted. You can't be afraid of dirt, bugs, working in the rain, physical exhaustion and sometimes lots of time spent that still results in a failed crop. It might leave you wondering if you've just wasted a mountain of time and put your body through some kind of other-worldly torture ritual for no good reason or tangible result. You're not alone. I have felt this way more times than I can count, especially in our early stages of planting and learning how much we didn't know about growing and farming. Probably one of the most humbling and grounding experiences I can recall. As a self proclaimed control freak, I like to be in charge and always get things "right." Funny thing is, in the business of mother nature, you aren't in charge at all. Your job is to honor the land, or the 'aina as we call it here in Hawai'i, and then literally watch the fruits of your labor emerge from the ground and become something special. It really is truly amazing. On top of that, we have been blessed with a community of experts who have taken the time and energy to teach us and guide us along the way. We are incredibly grateful and not a day goes by that we don't remember that. So, as I have made the migration from a world of business and luxury retail to a new "office" in the great outdoors, I look around and realize I am exactly where I want to be...and frankly, work boots are more comfortable than designer high heels. -Lynn R.
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