The end of a Farmstay. A time filled with different emotions, some positive, and some negative. People have come into the mindset that they know how to do everything, so they are careless and don't ask for help. There is also homesickness, which is a horrible feeling and one that can make you feel miserable. There is also the emotion of "Whoa... the Farmstay is over in two days.... Really? I have to go home?" This can be interpreted as a good emotion and a bad one because there is a feeling of family, of community, of knowing everyone so well and having them know you in return. There is also the negative side, the dragging feeling that you actually do have to go back to "the real world", and not be isolated from your family, Lake Country urban campus, and your friends.
We have not been completely isolated, however. On Saturday, we had the Planting Festival, a time when people could come up to, obviously, plant, and to see all of their Farmstay friends that they haven't seen for a week and a half. Each of the farmstay students led a work project in the morning, and people also sold their micro-economy projects.
My work project was to weed blueberries and asparagus, and after that, to plant apple trees. Surprisingly, we weeded blueberries and asparagus for and hour and a half, and with 30 minutes left, planted all three apple trees.
The emotions are so different from the beginning to the end of the farmstay. At the beginning, I had one good friend and some people that I didn't hang out with a lot. Now I have a group of 12 friends, that I have made, that are not fictional characters from the books I was so into at the beginning of the farmstay. The goal of a Farmstay is to become a community. I think that our Farmstay has met that expectation, and gone beyond.