A Day in the Life: Aaron Naves ’16

In this feature, The Thrill will showcase a typical day of a member of the Kenyon Community: student, faculty, or staff. If you have nominations for people to be showcased, please share them in the comments or email us at thekenyonthrill@gmail.com.

Aaron Naves tends to his little friends.

Aaron Naves ’16 is not your typical Kenyon student. Instead of living on the main campus, Aaron lives at the Kenyon Farm along with four other students. Together, they operate and maintain Kenyon’s farm, doing work ranging from raising livestock to growing crops. The Kenyon Farm (and its farmers) even help provide some of Peirce’s food. Needless to say, life on the Farm is interesting. Here’s what a typical day looks like for Aaron.

8:30am – Wake up, check on the animals (ducklings and chicks).

9:00am-10:30am – Do homework at the Farm (his preferred workplace).

11:00am-4:00pm – Class time.

4:00pm-5:00pm – Go back to the Farm to do afternoon chores. For Aaron, these include feeding the goats, cleaning the stalls, taking care of sick animals (he’s the animal medic), and tending to the incubator if they’re using it.

Kenyon Farmers admire their chickens. Super-chicken, their biggest one, is on the right.

5:00pm-7:00pm – Do homework.

7:00pm-7:45pm – Stay home and cook dinner.

7:45-2:00am – Homework, checking in on the animals (to socialize them, usually by holding them), playing with the animals.  Usually, the animals go to sleep around midnight.

2:00am — Lights out.

Of course, this is only a typical day. Day-to-day chores on the farm change depending on the needs of the animals, so there’s really no “normal”. In the last year, Aaron’s done some pretty interesting things on the Farm. Last semester, the farmers bred the goats – they’ll have babies soon! In addition, Aaron is working on a long-term breeding program for the Farm’s chickens. His goal is to breed a bigger chicken, one whose muscle grows in proportion to the rest of its body. And so far, so good. He’s recently hatched the first generations of super-chickens.

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