Future Farmers: Haven Schrock
Hey farm fans! My name is Haven. I am a 26 year old former city slicker and am somewhat surprised to find myself on a farm. I grew up in the heart of Minneapolis, MN, and I loved city living. However, I’ve been traveling a lot in the past four years and have developed a deep interest in where our food comes from and the impact of food production on our world and in our communities.
After leaving Indiana, where I graduated from Goshen College, I moved to Nashville TN and worked once a week on an organic farm while living in a house with 14 other people. It was pretty chaotic with so many people, so the farm was a peaceful respite, but I never really knew what needed to be done and sometimes felt like a burden. I needed a change of pace and left to teach English at a high school in Bangkok, but the seed had been planted in me and I wanted to learn more about growing food.
I moved to Denver afterwards and worked in a local garden store, but the retail side of growing wasn’t for me; I just wasn’t learning enough. I then travelled to Brazil and had hoped to do WWOOF on some farms, but they seemed to want experienced help and I couldn’t justifiably say I was their man. Upon returning I moved to Pittsburgh to live with my brother, and resolved to make a strong effort to learn how to farm. I found Blackberry Meadows and now am happily getting my hands dirty, being outside, and learning day by day what it takes to be a farmer. It’s never easy, but it is certainly rewarding.
I am still a city boy at heart, and hope that I can apply what I learn here to smaller scale urban farming. I long for the day that we see gardens growing in every nook of our cities, replacing our clean cut grassy lawns with abundant healthy veggies. I hope to one day teach other young city folks that growing food and getting a little dirty is very fun and an immeasurably valuable skill to have.
That’s all from me for now folks, but there is so much more I’d like to talk with you about. So why don’t ya come on out to the markets and let’s talk about food and plants and life!