Reflections from the Apprenticeship Program – Josephine Junas-Grant

Posted by Kolby Peterson on March 01, 2022

Josephine Junas-Grant apprenticed at The Homestead in Goodfare, Alberta. One year turned into two, and Jo started her own floral enterprise. She shares her experience through an original song, accompanied by Pebbles the dog and melodic background munching by goats. Josephine is now living and farming with Maryann Borch at Good Note Community Farm, near Leduc, Alberta.

Lyrics are below.

I arrived in early spring time
When the ground was bare
Worked each inch of soil
Planting seeds with care
Rained through the month of June
Drenched us to the bone
Trudging through the morning chores
While kicking at the stones
But I wouldn’t trade the hardest days for anything
Wouldn’t give it all away for gold
I wouldn’t trade the hardest days for anything
Wouldn’t have it any other way
Summer in the garden
Face kissed by the sun
Pulling weeds and thinning rows
With dreams of things to come
But I wouldn’t trade the hardest days for anything
Wouldn’t give it all away for gold
I wouldn’t trade the hardest days for anything
Wouldn’t have it any other way
It’s a long walk home
Down a lonely road
But I wouldn’t give the hardest days for anything
I’ve been a restless heart 
My whole life through
With a mind that wanders
And feet that follow suite
But I’m learning to grow
To set down roots
Josephine with her mentor, Lisa Kitt, and featuring the Youngest Agrarian, Murray Kitt.
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