I have not been for a run in over a month, but lately I have been walking. I have walked to the post office to buy a stamp and mail a letter. (No walking involved if I tweeted, emailed or sent a text). My wife and I have walked on the sidewalks of Scituate. I will walk to the grocery store to purchase items not available at the Farm.
I can walk to the Jenkins School farm garden to see how the carrots and beets are doing, in advance of international food day, which will be celebrated at the four elementary schools (and other schools fortunate enough to be growing food) with tastings during lunch on October 24. While at Jenkins, I could walk the serpentine handicap accessible ramp, which is newly constructed for those who cannot walk and need to also see and pull a carrot.
I walk at the Farm, everyday that I am there. I carry tools with me for the fields. I push a wheelbarrow full of compost ingredients. I bring a tray of seedlings from the greenhouse area to the education garden so we can transplant some fall crops. At the Farm, I and others can also lead groups of school children to different learning stations on the Farm.
Walking and learning happen often, as school teachers are bringing their students out of the classroom and onto the Farm. The Farm Teachers and I are connecting the curriculum standards with the plants, seeds, land forms and water patterns on the Farm. The students, teachers and chaperones can see up close how a plant makes seeds. The students can walk in the wheel rows next to the growing beds and bend down to feel the soil, see some of the microbial life and even discover which plant to harvest.
It is harvest season, especially with the recently rising harvest moon shining extra light, and now is a great time pick some leeks, pull some watermelon radish and cut lettuce heads at the root. All of these vegetables can be washed, sliced, eaten whole, brought to the Farm Stand and market, as well as to be donated to a local food pantry. There might be driving involved in the latter, rather than walking. Many folks are invited to come help us or decide to walk with the farmers as well.
All are invited to the 10th annual Discover the Woods Day 5k race and 1 mile fun run. Either of the events could be walked as well. The vision behind this day was to lure people to the 130 acres of woods and trails that are part of Holly Hill Farm. Many people do not need to have a dedicated day, as they are already walking the 25 marked trails throughout the rest of the year. But in 2008, Frank White wanted to offer a chance to learn about the variety of trees, the visiting fauna and the historical significance of the paths that are connecting parts of Hingham to the Cohasset shores.
So whether or not you come to our DTWD events this Sunday the 15th is up to you. The woods will always be there and the trails will be kept appropriately clear and available to walk. Register and run if you would like, but do come to the Farm. I will end up running, not with seeds or a letter in my hand, but with my eyes open to see whose woods these are.