By Sam Lieberman
So after a long day of traveling and orientation yesterday, we woke up for our first real day on the Tierra Miguel Farm. I would have to thank the time zones for making waking up at 6:45 AM a little easier. If you had asked me two days ago to wake up at 6:45, I probably would have laughed in your face and told you that it was preposterous. Regardless, we got up and shared morning tea together before Avodat Lev at 7:30. Avodat Lev means “service of the heart” and for us meant a little morning activity before diving into breakfast. We meditated, filled a space, and mirrored our partners all while braving the misty morning rain.
We came inside shoes wet and stomachs empty to an abundant and delicious breakfast spread. The smell of ginger and citrus wafted through the kitchen enticing and exciting our senses. The table was overwhelmed with food, and we overwhelmed with options. Thanks to our leader Lauren, we helped ourselves to scrambled eggs loaded with scallions, oatmeal packed with raisins, clementine zest, and maple syrup, and a spread of cereals, yogurts, breads, and fruit. We washed it all down with a warming tea made from honey, lemons, and ginger.
After fueling up for our first day on the farm, we went outside to meet Erin, the Director of Operations for a tour of the farm. Later, while most of the group stayed outside to go on a hike through the forest Sam, Shev, and I went inside to work on the next delicious meal: lunch.