Onward Journal: The Perfect Peach

Back in college, just a few months shy of four years, I got a job on a peach farm. I realized too late that I liked farming more than political theory, so in my final year I turned to crop science. The crown jewel of my short farming career was the pursuit of a peach that was nothing less than perfect.

I worked for a peach farmer breeding peaches for canning, which I learned on my first day were very different from peaches that are eaten fresh. Canned peaches need to be consistent in taste, color, and texture. They need to be a uniform size to run through the machine that slices them in half, and they have to have a

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