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#tmsprobs (F’14)

We are so excited that Fall ’14 is underway! It’s been a busy first week: working on the farm (over 530 lbs of broccoli harvested on Monday, for example), starting classes, getting to know dormmates, trying to avoid signing up for a first humble, learning how to work the Hobart dishwasher, and of course trying to remember everyone’s name. As the Fall ’14 students settle into their new home and routine, they’ve already identified some classic Mountain School struggles, or what we’re calling #tmsprobs. Graduates, can you think of a few of your own?


When I’m harvesting with my Spanish teacher and wonder whether to speak to her in Spanish or English… #tmsprobs

When I forget my flashlight and have to walk back to the dorm at 9:25 pm in the dark and it’s too cloudy to see the stars… #tmsprobs

When the notes written in my desk drawer from 8 years ago are too faded to read… #tmsprobs

When I somehow lose my cloth napkin and have to wait a week to get a new one… #tmsprobs

When I’m trying to split wood and my safety glasses keep sliding off… #tmsprobs

When I get woken up by cows mooing outside my dorm at 5 am… #tmsprobs

When I don’t get woken up by cows in the morning because they’ve been slaughtered… #tmsprobs

When I’m in my dorm and I can hear literally everything the people in the next room are saying because the walls are so thin… #tmsprobs

When I try to shake out some Boraxo and end up with a giant mound in my hands… #tmsprobs

(Update: problem solved. Shout out to Annie for drilling a hole in the top of each Boraxo bottle so that not too much soap comes out at once).

When I have dinner dish crew and all five classes the next day… #tmsprobs

When I can’t fit all the food that I want to eat onto my plate… #tmsprobs

When I want to listen music in the Harvest Kitchen and there are only three stations to choose from, and two play country music… #tmsprobs

When all I want is to go for a run, but I’m still not allowed to go on the Inner Loop alone… #tmsprobs

When I forget my gloves for work period and have to run all the way back to the dorm… #tmsprobs


When I get hay in all of my clothes during work period and wonder if it will ever come out…#tmsprobs

When there are crickets chirping in the library and/or your bedroom at night… #tmsprobs

When I can’t sit down in class because my legs are too sore from wood-splitting squats… #tmsprobs

When I try to dump the mop water in the trough and end up spilling it all over my pants and feet… #tmsprobs

When I spend 30 seconds trying to find the flush lever on a composting toilet… #tmsprobs

When I don’t know whether to wear pants or shorts in the morning because I don’t know what my work period will be… #tmsprobs

When my English class meets outside and I can’t hear the poem over the cows… #tmsprobs


(Inspired by Tobold F’14)

Dear Dairy: S’14 Visits Dairy Farms

“So do you, like, milk cows there?” is probably the most common and inaccurate question that Mountain School students are asked by friends at home.

No, we don’t. Please stop asking.

Yes, we are on a farm. And we do have cows, but we eat them. Well, some of us do (shout out to vegetarians!). Regardless, learning about food production, including dairy, is central to the Mountain School curriculum, so even though we don’t have our own dairy cows, every semester we take field trips to several dairy farms in the area. (This is 25% because we want to learn about dairy production and 75% because we want to buy ice cream and chocolate milk).

Here are some photos of our recent visit to Hatchland Farms. Thanks to Rena for sharing her photos!

Prompt: “Look like a cow”
Prompt: “Look excited!” (nice job, Cedar)
Calves in their “hutches”
“As he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him.” -William Shakespeare, explaining why we eat meat
“Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.” -William Shakespeare, upon observing this interaction


“How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes!” -William Shakespeare, speaking on behalf of dairy cows everywhere
“I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it.” -William Shakespeare describing Hatchland Dairy Farm
Milking center
Milking center
Pasteurizing vats
Best day of Ben Y.’s life
“Yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness.” -William Shakespeare, when faced with Kate’s excessive milk bottle predicament
“Chocolate milk! My kingdom for a chocolate milk!” -King Richard III (a well known fan of Hatchland Farms’ chocolate milk)
“O that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that bottle of chocolate milk.” -Romeo (also a huge fan of Hatchland Farm’s chocolate milk)


Questionable clothing swap
“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” -William Shakespeare, describing Rena and Elyse
“Men of few words are the best men.” -William Shakespeare
“True nobility is exempt from fear.” -William Shakespeare


“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep.” -William Shakespeare, describing his favorite dorm, Tobold
Dancing Dewees


“Love sought is good, but giv’n unsought is better.” -William Shakespeare
“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.” -William Shakespeare, giving away Elyse’s secret
“This above all: to thine own self, be true.” -William Shakespeare, giving advice to Dan Lee
Wicked good
Afterwards, some hardcore mud soccer to celebrate one of the first days we could wear shorts without fear of frostbite