務農  farm work

 

Thessy說我們今天要摘菜     Thessy said we have to pick the veges today.

 

 

 

我在盧森堡待了兩周,在一個鄉間小農場wwoof,wwoof的全名是World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms,每周在農田工作六日,食宿全免。

我的農場主人是Thessy,Thessy擁兩間屋,Thessy與她家人住一間,wwoofers與「祖母」(但我從未見過)住一間;同期wwoofers還有一對意大利情侶Giada與Susi。

 

我們的工作:

戶外農田~

摘菜(綠椰菜、黑椰菜、西蘭花)

挖薯仔

 

温室~

淋水+植苗

拆除支架

 

倉庫~

薯仔分類

除草+植苗

 

其中最辛苦是挖薯仔,真係做到想死,薯仔深埋泥土,Thessy先用掘土機刨一遍薯仔田,再由我們仨人手挖薯,我們要跪在田中,雙膝着地,雙手猛挖,撥開厚重的泥土,把一粒、一個、一串薯仔拉出來。

在超市/街市出售的薯仔已經過篩選,都是白淨靚仔的一整個,但在田間的薯仔不是那樣的,有的薯仔好像葡萄,一連串一小夥一小夥的;有的薯仔像連體嬰,有的薯仔似心型,有的薯仔似米老鼠;我們會在倉庫挑走這些外形不佳的薯仔,只有外形「正常」的薯仔才會在市面販售,其餘由wwoofers吃掉或作堆肥。

雖然農家認為這些外形不佳的薯仔醜陋(因為不能賣錢),但我覺得這些醜陋薯仔也很可愛,加點想像力,它們其實是葡萄薯仔、心心薯仔、米老鼠薯仔……就像人一樣,人類本來就千差萬別,不能強求一致,因為相異,所以美麗。

 

 

 

我在盧森堡工傷了。

 

我的大腳趾趾甲肉有一點變黑,一碰就痛,不知何解,我向Thessy報告,並表明想看醫生,但她不允,說不會出錢讓我看醫生,只給了我一小瓶外用藥搽。

搽了幾天,仍然覺痛,遂再次向Thessy要求看醫生,並表明自付醫藥費,她終於(不情不願地)駕車載我去診所。

診所正裝修,只用幾個貨櫃改裝為臨時診所,掛了號,約莫等了半小時就見到醫生,醫生是個會英語的靚仔(Yeah!),靚仔醫生解釋,我的大腳趾指甲有點向內生,加上長時間穿著長靴,令趾甲受壓,壓着趾甲肉,令趾甲肉變黑,一碰就痛。

然後靚仔醫生手起刀落,我來不及喊痛,他已快速地剪走一小角趾甲,令趾甲肉不再受壓,舒緩了目前痛症,但長遠要耐心等候趾甲肉長回來。

 

其實Thessy覺得我大驚小怪,她覺得我不去看醫生也沒關係,重點是我能繼續落田工作就行;我覺得痛楚的確存在,不能無視,我又何必為一個人的臉色而攞命博,去旅行是要長見識、尋開心,而不是委屈自己,自己的身體自己最清楚,wwoofers的身體不是農場主人的賺錢機器,不能任人魚肉,也絕對有權看醫生!

 

 

 

I was wwoofing in Luxembourg for 2 weeks in a country farm. The full name of WWOOF is ‘World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms’. I have to work 6 days on farm in a week with free accommodation.

 

My farm master is Thessy. Thessy had 2 houses. She and her family lived in a house and the wwoofers and ‘grandma’(I had never met this person) lived in another house. I have an Italian couple as wwoofers company.

 

Our work:

Outdoor farm~

Picking veges (Green Cabbage, Black Cabbage, Broccoli)

Digging potatoes

 

Green house~

Watering+Sowing

Removing the brackets

 

Warehouse~

Sorting potatoes

Weeding+Sowing

 

Digging potatoes was the hardest job. I really wanted to kill myself but digging potatoes.

Thessy would use the excavator to roll over the potatoes then we have to dig the potatoes out by hands. We had to kneel down on the field and digging with bare hands. We had to pull away the heavy soil and pull out potatoes.

Potatoes selling in supermarkets already be selected and they were always pretty as ‘one piece of potatoes’. The potatoes in field were not like that. Some potatoes were like grape, like join-bodies, like a heart, like a Mickey Mouse…etc. We had to sort out the ‘ugly’ potatoes in the warehouse and only the ‘normal’ looking potatoes would be sold on markets. The ‘ugly’ potatoes would be eaten by wwoofers or straight to compost. 

Farmers didn’t like the ‘ugly’ potatoes (because they can’t sell) but I think ‘ugly’ potatoes were cute. They were grape potatoes, heart potatoes, Mickey Mouse potatoes if you had some imagination. Potatoes were just like human. There were so many human on Earth and absolute unite were not possible. Human are beautiful because we are all different.

 

 

I was work injury in Luxembourg.

 

My toe flesh which attached to the nail turn black and it hurt if it was touched. I didn’t know why it was hurt. I told Thessy that my toe hurt and wanted to see a doctor but she didn’t approve. She said she wouldn’t pay for the doctor and she gave me a little bottle with brown liquid and said it was my medicine.

 

I put the brown-liquid-medicine on for a few days but I still feel painful. I asked Thessy to take me to the clinic again and guarantee I would pay for the doctor with my own money. She finally (quite unwillingly) drove me to the clinic.

The clinic was under re-construction. The ‘clinic’ was modified from a couple of empty   container. I registered myself and waited for around 30 minutes then the doctor diagnosed me. The doctor was a handsome guy (Yeah!)who can speak English.

The handsome doctor told me that my toenail grew inwards and there was pressure from working-boot because I wore them for long hours every day. My flesh got blackens because the boot pressed my nail then my flesh.

The handsome doctor was quick. He took a pair of scissors and cut away a small part of my nail. He was so quick that I didn’t even have enough time to scream for pain. My pain was gone by now but I had to wait patiently for the nail to grow back.

 

Thessy thought I was overdo and fussing. She thought I didn’t need to see a doctor as long as I can work on her farm. I knew the pain was real and I couldn’t neglect it. Why should I have to disregard my own pain because of one person? Traveling is about exploring the world and BE HAPPY but being USED by anyone. I knew my body well and wwoofers’ bodies were NOT working-machines for any farm masters. And wwoofers must stand firm for our rights and absolutely have every right to go to the clinic!

跪地掘薯Kneel down and pick some potatoes
跪地掘薯Kneel down and pick some potatoes
點解有咁多薯仔...how come so many potatoes
點解有咁多薯仔...how come so many potatoes
掘薯的借間地獄Potatoes hell
掘薯的借間地獄Potatoes hell
成果Accomplishment
成果Accomplishment
薯仔田睡美人Giada the sleeping beauty on potatoes field
薯仔田睡美人Giada the sleeping beauty on potatoes field
戶外倉outdoor warehouse
戶外倉outdoor warehouse
薯仔分類sorting potatoes
薯仔分類sorting potatoes
農人手Farmer's hands
農人手Farmer's hands
唔駛要my socks...
唔駛要my socks...
人體殘肢.工傷.Human limb. Work injury
人體殘肢.工傷.Human limb. Work injury
在診所.指甲內生,長時間著靴,傷了In the clinic. ingrown nail with pressure from boot
在診所.指甲內生,長時間著靴,傷了In the clinic. ingrown nail with pressure from boot
醫生手起刀落,剪掉一角趾甲The doctor cut away a small part of nail
醫生手起刀落,剪掉一角趾甲The doctor cut away a small part of nail
Thessy說今天要摘菜Thessy said we are picking veges today
Thessy說今天要摘菜Thessy said we are picking veges today
採菜Giada is harvesting the veges
採菜Giada is harvesting the veges
採菜harvesting veges
採菜harvesting veges
採採採harvesttttt
採採採harvesttttt
採採採harvestttt
採採採harvestttt
摘摘摘harvestttttttt
摘摘摘harvestttttttt
農田the farm
農田the farm
葉上露水Dew on veges
葉上露水Dew on veges
優美線條beautiful lines
優美線條beautiful lines
黑椰菜Black Cabbage
黑椰菜Black Cabbage
含苞待放(巨型版)beautiful
含苞待放(巨型版)beautiful
飲水都得holding water!
飲水都得holding water!
菜田Vege field
菜田Vege field
然後上苗then sowing
然後上苗then sowing
除草Weeding
除草Weeding
温室The green house
温室The green house
採收緊...我都唔係乜harvesting...i have no idea what this is
採收緊...我都唔係乜harvesting...i have no idea what this is
好甜Sweet
好甜Sweet
我很醜但我很美I am ugly but i am beautiful
我很醜但我很美I am ugly but i am beautiful
愛心薯love love potatoes
愛心薯love love potatoes
八爪魚薯Octopus potatoes
八爪魚薯Octopus potatoes
四爪薯Four claw potatoes
四爪薯Four claw potatoes
外星薯Alien potatoes
外星薯Alien potatoes
米老鼠薯Mickey Mouse potatoes
米老鼠薯Mickey Mouse potatoes
鴨仔薯Ducking potatoes
鴨仔薯Ducking potatoes
我們很醜但很美We are ugly but beautiful
我們很醜但很美We are ugly but beautiful
萬聖節南瓜Pumpkins for Halloween
萬聖節南瓜Pumpkins for Halloween
附近的孩子來學整Kids from around came to learn
附近的孩子來學整Kids from around came to learn
當然要收費Of couse charges
當然要收費Of couse charges
孩子與家長一齊嚟Kids and parents came together
孩子與家長一齊嚟Kids and parents came together
來了不少人lots of families came
來了不少人lots of families came
可能仲好賺過賣菜maybe even profitable than selling veges
可能仲好賺過賣菜maybe even profitable than selling veges
好靚呀lovely
好靚呀lovely
可愛帽lovely hat
可愛帽lovely hat
主動望鏡頭笑架!she just look at the camera and smiles!
主動望鏡頭笑架!she just look at the camera and smiles!
he pose for me!
he pose for me!
lovely kids
lovely kids