Farm Fan

From time to time I get contacted by journalists asking for interviews on various topics. I think it’s mostly because I’m so active online – if they Google a certain term, they’re more likely to find me than most other people. When someone sends me an email asking for me to share my opinion, I feel intensely flattered. I love sharing my opinion. I think the very existence of this blog speaks to that.

In spite of my love of talking about myself all over the internet, I feel very hesitant to ask other people for interviews. I’m worried that I will be bothering them or something. I know we all have busy lives, and the idea of me dropping out of nowhere to ask to talk to someone feels like an imposition. I’ll give an interview to pretty much anyone, but somehow I don’t think people will want to talk to me. It’s a lot easier to think someone else is awesome, than to think you’re awesome yourself.

But then I came across Skeeter Farm one week at my local farmers market. They are a small, newish, local farm, and they were at the market for the first time. With watermelons. I’ve never seen anyone grow watermelons locally – I was fairly amazed. I took their brochure. I checked out their website. I read their story. I was fascinated, and I had to talk to the farmers. So much so that I got over myself and sent an email.

Luckily, the lovely Amy responded kindly, and agreed to host my family at the farm. I had a lovely talk with her. I saw the land, and the remnants of the growing season. I signed up for their 2011 CSA. My children tromped through the corn and my talented husband was kind enough to make a video. And he didn’t even complain too much about my poor interviewing skills, so yay for him! This is the first time I’ve actually requested an interview, so I accept the learning curve.

So, what did I learn? I learned that it’s OK to reach out and get in touch with someone awesome. I learned that what really gets my pulse racing is local food. And I learned that you can grow a watermelon locally, even if you don’t have the best plot of land. All good and valuable lessons, I say.

Have you ever sent an email to a total stranger because you just had to talk to them? Who was it, and how did it work out for you? I’d love to hear all about it!

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  1. @MIssJ_BC

    Hey Amber, I think you guys did a great job on your video! Thanks for getting over your fear and interviewing them! Happy Friday!

  2. Great job on the interview! Your husband did a great job on the video too!
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  3. Your interviewing skills were fine! What was wrong with that?
    I am on a local food endeavour as well, so the more I hear about successful “small” farms the happier I am! On Vancouver Island we produce less than 10% of the food we eat (or some appalling number like that). It’s said that if we got cut off from the mainland, our grocery shelves would be bare in 3 days or less! Terrible. But it wasn’t always that way, VI used to provide quite well for itself, but it became economically prohibitive so the farmers went off to greener pastures (pardon the pun) and sold the farms. I have been looking, and I can’t see how a young family could possibly make a go of it with real estate costing what it does. They would just HAVE to grow at a loss to even pay the mortgage.
    But my plan for my family is to grow what I can in my own small yard. Zero Mile diet where I can do it.

    • In fairness ot my husband, I have to say that he did a great job with the editing, and managed to cut out the parts where I talked over Amy. You have to let the interview subject answer the questions, you can’t answer them FOR her.

  4. People LOVE to tell their stories. I love being on the question asker end of the camera, mic or notepad. Great interview. Amazing that you can do the equivalent of a TV interview “just like that” now.

    No to mention getting engaged in your community. YAY!
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  5. You guys did an awesome job! Isn’t local food great? We just visited an apple orchard & farm today and brought home all kinds of goodies. Aren’t interviews fun? I’ve only said no to an interview once and it was just last week. Normally I love doing them though!
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  6. Very cool interview! People usually like to help and talk about themselves – I just have to get over shyness.
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  7. I really enjoyed the interview, and checked out the farm’s blog. It’s always nice for me to get a glimpse of other people’s gardens.
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  8. I always enjoy your videos Amber. That was fun!
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