It takes a village. There is no I in team. The phrases could apply to farming as well. One farmer sits at her desk and prints informational labels for each plant. Another pours over the planting list, trying to determine where the radish, lettuce and tomatoes will go, to name but a few. An intern tediously thins carrots, leaving many in the ground to size up. Another farmer gently tugs the coiled hose so as to reach the patiently waiting plants who sit in their trays, ready for more space in the open fields. And another farmer restocks the bins with fresh salad greens while checking out happy customers in the old barn that doubles as farm stand and grocery store.
The next day, those very farmers could rotate and each can complete one another’s tasks with the same attention to detail and both eyes squarely on the prize of healthy, sustainable practices in play. I suppose there are many I’s in team, but they are working together. Individual track runners and field eventers compete on their own, but in the name of a team, a cumulative effort. Soccer players each have their own skills, as we will see on a large stage when international teams take the grass stage in Russia for the World Cup, but one player alone cannot play well enough against the opposing team without his or her (2019 women’s World Cup) peers.
So was the case for a town team when, on Friday, the 8th graders from Cohasset brought their lacrosse skills to give back to their community farm. Many had attended a field trip a mere 5 years ago, as did each third grader from Cohasset, before the trip was cut from the PSO funding budget. Many remembered the fresh asparagus, cut from the 20 year-old patch, as well as the rhubarb and visits with the perennial, always delightful animals who call Holly Hill home.
Back at Holly Hill, with phones ready for pictures and selfies with cucumbers, the students pulled weeds, made compost, planted those cucumbers and corn too. They worked in the Farm to Food Pantry garden, which gladly plays host to adults from Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Liberty Mutual, along with high school teens and church groups looking for some hands-on chances to give back and help in the overall effort to grow and deliver fresh produce to pantries and kitchens and thus people, in need.
There are many areas around town that would benefit from their two plus hours of hard work, and the Farm is delighted to be their recipient. There were laughs and joys too as the girls walked both the goats and the donkey and realized that animals too like to have jaunts on a Friday afternoon.
Many thanks are due to the parents who ferried the students to the Farm and back, as they have done for years to the lacrosse fields near and far on the South Shore.
The individuals all will take back their memory and hopefully recall how they each helped in the long effort to grow crops. Many folks making the work lighter. Thanks to the team for cradling more than the lacrosse stick, while bringing vegetables from their cradle to fruition.