There’s a new member of the motley crew that sleeps under the roof of the Slattery homestead in Middle Ridge, Wisconsin. My good friend and compatriot, Killian Beeler, recently drove up from hot and dusty Texas to dig in the muddy Wisconsin fields (and believe me, with all of the recent rain, mud is all we have!) with me for the month of June. I sat down with him after day one on the farm to get his initial impressions of life on the farm.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself!
A: Well, I’m a handsome, young…ha, ha, I’m just kidding, just kidding! I’m a 20 year old, Catholic male, single (playful laugh). But seriously, I’m from Texas, and I go to the University of Dallas with Colleen. I like a nice pair of slacks (another laugh). I enjoy history, politics, music, and playing bass guitar.
Q: Why did you choose to come to work on Sweet Ridge Farm?
A: Well, I really like the area; I think it’s very pretty. I enjoy the Amish culture that permeates the area. I am very interested in the idea of a society based on agriculture, so I came here to get a small idea of what it is like.
Q: What has your initial impression been of life on the farm, Slattery style?
A: It’s great! I have already managed to meet Amish families, trim blackberry bushes, and plant and learn about shallots. The experience really does go beyond my expectations so far.
Q: Why are you interested in farming?
A: I believe that a healthy, ordered society should make and know, to some degree at least, the food that it consumes. When it becomes disconnected from the complex process behind the production of what it comes into contact every day, there are real problems. In other words, Monsanto sucks!
Q: What are your expectations for your stay?
A: To enjoy the summer, work out in the fields, and enjoy evenings spent reading in the company of great people.
Well, Killian, I am quite certain that you will enjoy your stay on Sweet Ridge Farm, if I have anything to say about it. Welcome to the great State of Wisconsin, my friend!