My name is Jeff Forbes and I was an intern at Buttercup Farms, for the summer
of 2006. I am originally from New Orleans and am living in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana where I am pursuing a master’s in mass communication. My
mother has visited the farm over the past ten years and become part of the
Buttercup network, which is how I was introduced to Buttercup Farms, and
was offered an internship.
This internship gave me the chance to work with Marjory Hawkins at Hawkins
Public Relations, and the opportunity to stay at Buttercup Farms as part
of my internship. In this sense my internship is two-fold, part of my responsibility
was to work in the office and get introduced to the world of public relations
and the remainder was to be available to do work on and for the farm. This
then began what was to be one of the most unique experiences of my life.
What Buttercup Farms offers is a wonderful support system that encourages
people to explore their mind, body and spirit while building and strengthening
relationships. I was encouraged to take risks, work in areas I was unfamiliar
in and do things I never thought I would, or could, do.
I also got to know everyone else on the farm through community dinners and
outings. Upon my arrival to Northern California I helped construct a yurt
that was to be my home for several weeks, and then I helped in other activities
like, constructing an aviary, fixing up a sailboat, preparing community
meals, as well as the recreational things such as running, playing tennis,
mountain biking, eating out and going to the movies. The variety of new
experiences helped me to learn a great deal about myself and the other people
on the farm, and the relationships that were made that summer will stay
with me for the rest of my life. This truly was a unique summer filled with
great experiences and amazing people, and I will always remember my time
here at Buttercup Farms.