With the winter chill in the air, along with the warm, long-in-the-sky spring sun occasionally shining down to warm the green clad hoop house, its residents and the farmers who are in there with hope for more consistent weather out of doors as well, the quest for consistent nice temperatures is a daily and nightly wish.
While we hurry up and wait to bring more plants outside and gaze at the cold soil to respond to our gentle turning, we are putting some seeds in the ground at local school farm garden beds (when snow melts, there will be water, albeit cold), and welcoming school kids to the Farm from as far as Boston, as they too like to learn about sustainability and organic growing.
This season, on the heels of a late winter trifecta of storms (see Arctic tundra descending) we must be patient and understanding of what each day brings and stay busy with the day to day work, of our lives.
By the time you read this, the Friends of Holly Hill Farm will have had their Annual Spring Meeting and discussion of healthy food, sort of like a Town Meeting, a chance for folks to emerge like a seedling from the long winter, to hear what is new and what is being planned and organized.
In hopes that the issues around guns and their prevalence in our society will not go away, concerned people, teens and adults, gathered to continue discussion, action, voting and dialogue at Town Halls for Our Lives across the nation last week. Like the residents in a quiet Vermont town, trapsing out in the mud to see neighbors and voice concerns, there is a good appetitie to hear news, speak your mind, share ideas and set to the tasks at hand. There is much to do.
For example: We will gather to clear the wood trails on April 28th. We will sow seeds in the Farm to Food Pantrygarden, even though donations are low, and grow and deliver food for the local food pantries. We will have an early plant sale with young, hardy greens. We will be fixing fences from the blow downs, building new raised beds, making compost from the left over food scraps, writing proposals for financial support, opening the food truck, planning the planting lessons at the local area schools and taking time to meet to hear about and from those with concerns and comments. We will even build a fire on the 14th of this month and burn to make some biochar to celebrate Janice McPhillips’ 10+ years of teaching, educating and guiding us in the art of of compost. Perhaps there, we will continue the dialogue for safe food, healthy lives and talk about the weather, which may be nice and sunny.