I first became involved with WindReach Farm in the spring of 2005, through the Skills Link Program. I can still remember my first day. I was rather shy and quite nervous, and I had little farm experience. It’s safe to say that I didn’t really know the difference between a goat and a sheep.
I’ve now been volunteering ever since, and I have had many opportunities to learn all there is to know about farming. I’ve enjoyed building and repairing, caring for the animals, and especially haying, despite the 100 degree temperature at hay season! I ask myself why the farmer gets to sit in the air-conditioned tractor!
The farm is a place where I can offer my help, and always learn new skills. I don’t ever get a chance to get bored. My long journey on my bicycle to the farm from Whitby prepares me for a day of hard work, laughter, and friendship. I am always greeted with a smile, and of course I am always smiling.
At the farm, every visitor can spend a day roaming freely around the property. The farm’s animals are a source of joy for all ages. The wagon ride with its wheelchair ramp, gives everyone a chance to see the cows, ride through the apple orchard, and see the horses and stables. The ride is bumpy at times, but always fun!
Lending a helping hand is my greatest joy. I get a great feeling of satisfaction when I help to make a difference at WindReach Farm, even if it means making a simple repair to a wobbly gate, or helping to repair a piece of farm equipment.
I also know that my help is appreciated. I was volunteering on a very cold day at the Winterfest event, when Sandy Mitchell, founder of WindReach, found me in the barn to personally tell me that he had a message for me. He said that I am welcome at the farm anytime I wanted to visit. This is the reason I spend my time at WindReach.
I am now working full-time, however, I will always find time to give to WindReach Farm, because it gives so much back to me.