Farm Life in Haiku

By Kaila Topping, Phase II Fellow


Daily life on the farm at Augusta Health is hard to describe all at once. It is fun, hard, and always loaded with vegetables. Therefore, I have written a series of haikus, chronicling trivial aspects of life on the farm at Augusta Health.



Snap peas crunch sweetly

but loathsome to the picker

I compost with joy



Remay in the wind

twisting about my body

veil for the new bride



washing cut lettuce

the bane of my existence

torture me no more



all the daily woes

delirious in the heat

happy in hindsight



aphids on the farm

they feast on my sanity

make Pat go crazy



the snails are my buds

rudely munching on our crops

contentious friendship



eggs of the lacewing

hang in delicate balance

eat up our aphids



oh, fish emulsion

bringing strength to our new plants

how I reek of you



Many sides of Pat

Patrice, Patty Pan, Popcorn

Self-assigned nicknames




Tony the t-rex

what a colossal helper

with arms too tiny


greenhouses come late

erected with much trouble

it’s still not quite right




bend your knees, she says

minding the ergonomics

come back from Texa

B.C.S. tractor

why won’t you turn on for me

uniquely painful




summer solstice sun

speedy growth, no end in sight

uneven tan lines


keeping pests away

I bathe all my leaves in clay

ghostly cucumber



together again

but never for long enough

missing these people

Allegheny Mountain Institute

PO Box 542,

Staunton, VA 24402 

 

AMI at Augusta Health

540-886-0160

Fishersville, VA

Allegheny Farm Campus 

540-468-2300

Hightown, VA