This Farming Life 2.27.15

Ali new plum tree

The grass was a bright green. Almost translucent in the summer morning’s light. It was June, and a warm breeze filled the air as I dug a hole in the ground. It was a few days after my birthday. Birds were happily chirping away in the nearby trees. I paused for a moment, admiring the compost I was about to add to the soil from the hole. A tree stood waiting. A plum tree – tall, healthy, and willing. Ready to be submerged into its new home. I settled the tree, firmed the soil around it, watered it, and said a blessing before I walked away. This plum tree was part of larger intention for this farming life and for Rebecca and I. 

There is no fruit on our Santa Rosa tree yet, though the intention in itself bore fruit. Our intention was to begin a family of our own. So we are more than excited to share with you that Rebecca and I will be new parents in eight weeks time! Rebecca and baby are healthy and she is due the third week of April–just a few weeks before market season kicks off, and when the first small bounty of spring greens emerge. We patiently await the tiny, new life coming our way. Change is coming and we hope that you will continue to support us as we grow! We remain committed to raising the best food for you.

OF new leeks seedlings in tray

This Saturday, farms from around the country are celebrating National CSA Sign-up Day. The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season, in the classic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important because as farmers, we are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now and the CSA model means that we don’t need to finance these costs with costly credit. We have several CSA shares still available for this season and would love for you to join our food community. Click on the below photo to see all the details and register for a share with us today!

CSA Signup Day

The poet David Whyte sees himself as an English poet, Irish poet, and a Northwestern poet. That’s the American Northwest. His poetry is influenced by the Romantics, which reflects the sustaining quality of nature in human life, and becomes almost a spiritual quest. David is also renowned for taking his poetry into corporate boardrooms and organizations around the world. Good poetry he says “can open up areas about everyday business life that remain impervious to the jargon we have created to describe it.” His poem below offers us a window into ourselves and the world around us.

We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again.

The visible
and the invisible

working together
in common cause,

to produce
the miraculous.

I am thinking of the way
the intangible air

passed at speed
round a shaped wing

easily
holds our weight.

So may we, in this life
trust

to those elements
we have yet to see

or imagine,
and look for the true

shape of our own self,
by forming it well

to the great
intangibles about us.

Be well, eat healthy, and be kind to yourself and others.

Alistar

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