Kathy Burnside, Wild Willow Farm

“I’m a student here at Wild Willow Farm. I started about two weeks ago. I’m doing the Sunday only class because I have a full time job, so it’s all day on Sunday and then I’m just volunteering today. Monday through Friday I’m a manufacturing engineer. I work in manufacturing and I’m a mechanical engineer by trade. So that’s why I was really excited about the program that’s on Sundays because it’s the only one that I could have done.”


“I started getting interested in this after I did a tour over at Suzie’s Farm. They do free tours on Saturdays and I’d been looking for a program like this that fit into my schedule. There are a lot of e-programs online that are fully online and expensive. But I was really looking for something where I could learn about farming and animals. Then the guy who did the tour over at Suzie’s explained to me that they have this class over at Wild Willow, so I came and asked about it. It was perfect timing because the class started a week later. So I came and I talked to someone and I signed up and it’s history from there. It’s very different from my day job, but it’s really interesting to me and it’s something I want to keep pursuing. I want to get involved with growing my own food and having animals one day, maybe homesteading eventually. I don’t really know what my plan is for the future with it, but I just know that I’m really loving learning about it right now.”


“I’m really glad I came today because I haven’t gotten to get hands on with the chickens yet and this is really fun. I like plants, but I’m more excited about the animal aspect. This is cool to be so hands on with the chickens today.”