I believe I saw the signs declaring enough is enough and it could be intended for the winter storms, the cold weather and the stiff wind that continue to blow across the garden beds and growing fields of the South Shore, where kids are excited to go outside, sow some seeds and turn the soil. I know I saw signs too when the sun was shining in Washington, DC, as many more shouted cries for relief and shouts for education and learning without fear.
The teaching we are providing at the Farm is for kids ages 3-18 and adults ages 18 to 108. There are some terrific 90+ year olds who visit the Farm for walks, events and hands-on programs, as they too wish to reacquaint with the soil after a long winter and be involved in knowing from where their food comes. Some of the teenagers who come to the Farm seek to complete community service hours, but also maybe curious about learning outside the classroom.
We are teaching folks young and older about organic farming, with tasks as simple as placing seeds in a pot of soil. And we are teaching concepts as complex as dealing with climate change, mileage food miles, growing food for for billions of people and discussing sustainable practices in a global economy.
Well, some of the latter topics may not be directly taught to 2nd graders, but aspects of local food and how to grow without synthetic fertilizers are appropriate for kids who want to pull and eat a healthy carrot, rather than a shaved, processed, baby carrot from a plastic bag.
Many kids are quite alike across this varied, diverse land of ours. Seniors in high school are thinking about dresses and outfits for the prom, while trying to figure out if college or a year off is the right plan for next year. And back to the focus of many kids this past Saturday and on the 14th and 15th of this month, how can we walk out, march, rally and have our voices heard? Who is listening? Does anyone hear us when we are quietly shouting during 6 minutes and 20 seconds of stone faced silence?
Enough is enough, ole man winter, let spring come in the form of warm, sunny days for seeds, soil and growth. We can evolve and change and make improvements in what we grow, what we teach and where we choose to spend our time, with guns down and arms out to embrace learning and one another.