By Lindsay Mensch
Campus is a much different place in the summertime: far fewer people around, but far more things in bloom! I enjoyed the change of pace this summer, as I spent most of my time every week at the Bailey GREENhouse & Urban Farm as a summer manager. I learned so much about horticulture, organic farming, urban agriculture, and integrated pest management, but even more importantly, I learned that I have what it takes to be a successful farmer. Over the course of four months, I got a taste of what life after graduation might be like.
As I got better at nurturing the plants around me, I also got better at learning to nurture myself, especially when it comes to my mental health. While being around plants all day is definitely a mood boost, there is so much more that I’ve learned about taking care of my total wellbeing. Asking for help, acknowledging that I have needs that deserve to be met, and taking the time to just calm down and breathe have been important lessons I learned over these months.
While the summer was filled with all sorts of adventures and events, all sorts of ups and downs, I enjoyed many of the simpler times that I captured on camera most of all. Many of the positive highlights are featured below; I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!