We move into the autumn every year with a sense of relief. The late winter, spring and summer present with such a fury that we rarely have a moment to come up for air and evaluate how its all going. We are putting out fires and keeping the ship afloat. But as the season winds down, even with work to do: wood to cut for the spring greenhouse heat (not to mention our living space over the winter)
We have only been farming since 2002. Back then, eight seasons worth of experience would have seemed graciously enough for us to feel confident and prepared for challenges of the job at hand. But even after a good season, we reflect on the gaping inadequacies of our experience. After a season like the one we have just had, we reflect on the inadequacies of all farmers in our state. Rain and cold weather kept everyone's yields very low. It was a kind of blessing, then, that I found a book documenting the Dust Bowl years between 1930 and 1937.
Years ago, one of our dedicated "co-producers" gave us this quote by Scott Nearing, "Do the best that you can in the place where you are, and be kind." We hope to end our day and our season guided by this sentiment.
The last Harvest!
- Blue hubbard baby squash
Sorry for the past weekends cancellation of the work party. We will try again this Sunday, at 9 till noon. We will see you soon!