PART I: IAN THE INTERN: Back Not Broken...Yet

FEATURING: Will break my back-intern (Volunteer) - Ian Horvath

When Lylah and I received an email from Ian back in early November, 2013, we didn't realize the gift that was awaiting us.  I admit it, I was so busy at the time I didn't respond right away.  After reading the email again I said to myself, "What, am I crazy? I've got to contact this guy. Anyone who is willing to break his back is very serious about really working."  And we sure needed some help at the time."

Here is Ian's full email - I think you'll appreciate what I'm saying:

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Name: Ian Horvath

Subject: Will Break my back-intern (Volunteer)

Message: Hi Simple Farm!
My name is Ian Horvath and I am strapping young lad looking to do some volunteering on your farm! I have had the farming bug for some time now and I would like to start getting some experience in the field. I very much admire what Simple Farm is doing from raising goats to producing caramels.

My life goal is to own a dairy farm, sustaining myself off the land, making use of value added products on the farm. I am an avid home baker, ice-cream-ist, small gardener, and starting to expand my talents into the cheese making world. I would love to volunteer on your farm and be apart of such a great thing.

I do have a Monday-Friday 9-5 job located in the Scottsdale Airpark, but would be willing to pitch in a few hours after work, as well as get out and sweat during the weekends. Please let me know if I can be of service to you, and would enjoy meeting the Simple Farm staff.

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There it is.  And since that time - it's been 3 months now - Ian has been a regular here, doing whatever needs to be done. We are so grateful for his devotion and hard work.  We have many awesome volunteers, but we wanted to highlight Ian in this 2 part post.  No, he hasn't literally broken his back, and we hope he never does.  But he does do every kind of work here: from the morning milking of goats before his regular 9-5 job, to real back-breaking work in the evening; steady, faithful, with a joyful attitude.  He's the kind of intern every farm needs and every farmer longs for. Stay tuned for Part II: IAN THE INTERN: In His Own Words.