After I started the post on this topic, I felt like I still had more to say. If you have read this blog in the past, you'll realize I don't conform to most blog post length limits. But, even so, the medium does not encourage posts that have too much length. Even I succumb to the pressure of limiting content. so - here we are with a part two! Be thankful! You get twice as much goodness for the price of one!
More things that give us cause to be thankful - with pictures from May to November.
The very act of being farmers gives us a front row seat to the miracle of life. If you don't think it is a miracle, then I challenge you to watch something grow from a seed to a full plant.
|Tomato and basil plants - together even when they are in pots.|
|Ok, that's cute.|
|I count 206.... Ok, I just made that up.|
If you know something about our backgrounds and how this farm started, you will appreciate this one a bit more. Our first two years of growing saw the number of CSA members sitting in the mid-twenties. We are now at 120 during the regular season and we had 35 for the Fall extension. Our business plan called for no farm debt and year by year review, with a decision each year as to whether we would return each season.
|Rosie the Courageous|
Doing What We Can to Meet Ideals
I've heard several people advocate that a business cannot afford to have ideals. After all, the business does need to make some money. We take exception to that. We have always believed that a business is also an opportunity to exercise one's ideals for our own good, for the good of the business and for the good of those the business touches.
|Solar power on a small scale|
Tammy has always been very good at baking and cooking. But, raising food on the farm has expanded both of our horizons.
|Peach Pie.... a great summer treat.|
Opportunities to Facilitate Learning
Our farm gives us many chances to help others learn and experience something different. We're pleased that we have had numerous opportunities to plant a seed about sustainable food practices in the minds of many people.
|That's one cool mural.|
The farm gives us many opportunities to see the ridiculous and enjoy the humor.
|Um... you missed a spot.|
|The photo bomber attacks!|
Just often enough, we end up with a really great crop of something. This year, our garlic did us proud.
|Garlic curing in the truck barn.|
|Now, that's a selection of tomatoes to taste!|
We are both grateful for things that work, work well and work consistently. Fore example, Clyde, our Honda Civic, crossed the 200,000 mile mark this Summer.
|Hurray for Clyde!|
And, finally, we are grateful for the times in life where we are either the giver or recipient of an act that didn't HAVE to be taken, but SHOULD be taken. We all live busy lives and it is often very difficult to take that moment (or more than a moment) and do what you know probably should happen. And, sometimes, it isn't that big of a thing. No one will be harmed if action is not taken, but it would be nice if you did.
|A tasty fungi!|
|A face of gratitude|
We are thankful for the strength and willpower to be courageous, to maintain our ideals and and to strive to determine what is the closest thing to 'right' that we can do - and then do it. And, during the times when the strength and willpower fails us, or we fail to identify the 'right' thing, we are thankful for forgiveness and another chance.