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The Real Dirt on On-Farm Educators: Joe

Next up in our blog series "The Real Dirt on On-Farm Educators" is Joe Haverly, one of our newest On-Farm Educators. We're lucky to have him! Thanks to our Duffy intern Lauren Strug, who put together this series, you can get to know Joe below.

How long have you worked at Angelic Organics?

This is just going to be my second summer, so just a year.

What experiences inform your work at the Learning Center?

I grew up out in the country on a little farm, so my experiences living on a farm and gardening with my grandfather are really what instilled a passion. And my experience in college and teaching gave me the formal education that I need to understand the concepts we’re discussing at the Learning Center.

What classes do you teach?

I teach, oh, almost everything: chickens, goats, cooking, gardening, ecology classes. I’m the only one who teaches chicken butchery I think. We taught that this last year. Cheesemaking, milking goats, I think I can almost teach everything. I haven't had a lot of experience with the soap making class, but I [will] do the canning class [this year]. I do a lot of canning at home.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I like raising chickens, I like having a flock of chickens. That seems silly to say, but I love seeing a flock of chickens roaming my yard.  That’s something I strive for on my farm, it’s something I see as pretty important.

Favorite thing to grow and/or eat? Favorite farm animal?

I love turning over the soil and finding potatoes! I can’t help but think that’s something related to my Irish heritage.  And yes, my favorite farm animal is chickens.

What has been your most rewarding teaching experience at the farm?

I subbed one of the camps last summer and before the kids arrived some of the other teachers brought me up to speed about the personalities of the kids and they said we’ll really have to work with this kids who’s got a lot of energy and a little disruptful. I thought, I hate to say it, that I needed to squelch this kids enthusiasm, but what I found was that he was a really an enjoyable kid. If I directed his energy and enthusiasm, I really enjoyed having him in class. I felt like I had been warned and these teachers had been frustrated with him all week, but at the end of the day I told his mother how enjoyable he was in class. Wow, redirecting his energy and enthusiasm really worked!

Joe is one of the instructors for our popular cheesemaking classes, where we make five different cheeses with goat's milk from our very own dairy goats. Cheesemaking classes start up in May, but these workshops fill fast, so sign up now!