With the storms in the recent past, but not forgotten, the work of spring planting is near. The streets are still littered with debris and the hallways are still filled with students demanding real change. Outdoors, for seventeen minutes or more, people are speaking out, singing and expressing concern for safety and human rights, not 2nd Amendment rights.
The soil beneath their feet is awakening too as the days grow longer and the clocks are adjusted to signal a greater amount of sunshine at the end of the day. At the end of the day, there is more chance to turn the soil and consider seeds. The seeds under consideration are sugar snap peas, spinach and arugula. These seeds can handle the pre-spring equinox weather that is quite cold at night and slightly warmer during the day.
We are excited to gently move the leaves aside, leaves that have covered and protected the garden and farm beds since late November. With the leaves parted, as soon the waters will be, we can add fresh compost and place in the seeds for spring growth. Some tomatoes, peppers and eggplant seeds do not like these conditions and must wait for an April planting. And to complete these tasks, we seek help on the Farm.
Help is on the way, help from teens participating in the Farm to Food Pantry program, now in its 7th year and still searching for organizations to financially lend a hand or two.
For now it is the students lending cold hands, and families, that are supporting the efforts. Maybe these community service inspired teenagers are also students who walked out of class in protest and are considering a march to control the amount of guns in our midst and in our vernacular on March 24th, nationwide.
The teens so far at the Farm are from Cohasset and Weymouth and are helping to turn the compost, from a winter season of collecting fruit scraps, coffee grounds and manure. The compost is awoke with worms and a near-finished product that is healthy and good for the soil.
The students are also picking choice leeks that over-wintered in the ground. Once cleaned and stripped of their dead leaves, the live leeks can be delivered to the needed patrons of food pantries and kitchens, where folks continue to consume and benefit from healthy food. Some of the food pantry areas are also struggling with water in the basement and debris in the way. The leeks will add up to maybe 10 pounds’ worth, a small step toward completing the goal of 1,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce to be delivered this calendar year.
Much to do this year, as we hope for more students to come help on the Farm, as they are also busy helping to guide the government to make a change and attend school without fear. It takes a lot of work, at all ends, to disarm the people in power and instead arm the students with the ability to make a positive change with carrots, spinach and potatoes as the fuel for a better meal.
I am grateful for all the students who are writing signs, singing out and making a difference. Even if some choose not to participate, at least they are maybe showing up and lending support.
I suppose the farming is a bit of protest itself, and I welcome the help, the enthusiasm and the hope of working the soil as spring draws near.