On being a new manager
How to go from being an IT person to being a farmer, in one hard lesson.
Within four months of moving here, I became manager of the dairy program at Twin Oaks. I have no prior experience in animal care, no prior experience with farm work in general, and really, no prior experience with physical work of any kind. I was a computer programmer prior to moving here, for god’s sake.
I think I just appear competent, and fortune smiles on the apparently useful, or whatever the proverb is.
But my situation is only unusual insofar as dairy is a beloved and complicated area involving the caretaking of living creatures. It is very typical for new members to take on a managership. One of the first things I remember being told about Twin Oaks was: “There are more manager positions than there are people.” I’m not even sure this is true, but let’s say it is. Not a shmuck? Be a manager. Please?
I can’t say…
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