And then the rain stopped
mist rising from sodden earth
sun beams drawing our eyes to glimmering leaves.
and we listened to the stories
houses released from their foundations
toppling into the river
young children rescued by helicopter
and other stories
a feast gifted to those stranded
600 hands damming a pump station
safe houses offered to strangers
about climate change
about supporting local
about coming together
and there were other voices
voices being silenced
water sacred yet poured out
crying to protect our watershed
to protect the rivers
my mind reeled
searching for clarity
"be the change you want to see"
so the saying goes
so we tended the soil
we donated toothpaste
we shared borscht with friends
we wondered about farmers in other countries that might need refuge
we bought seeds
we lit a candle for those who are sitting in the depths of this loss
In the sustainable farming world we have conversations around sustainable farming practises. Those practises are broadening to include farming in a way that is sustainable for the farmer: our bodies, minds, hearts. These conversations could really happen in any profession but I think especially as we tag our vocation “sustainable” it behooves us to talk about sustainable practises for those of us doing the work. I’m not interested in showing you a social media feed where we are always run to the ground and working so hard. Yes, farmers work hard. The season is gruelling. But we are attempting to shape a life that holds in tension the work and the rest and the play. Oh my goodness we don’t often succeed.
At the end of the harvest season now, my body feels tight and I can feel the need for unfurling, for stretching, for slow movements. It is also true that at the end of the harvest season, our souls need some extra tending. We have been so focused and task driven for so many months that it take a bit of re-focusing on our inward journey, and an unfurling of our heart as well. I’m looking forward to the gift of the next season.
Folks often ask us; "well, what are you going to do now that the market is done?" Truthfully, the list is long, but the pace is very different. During market season the schedule is set and the harvesting is intense. Much of our crops are harvested for the season and now it's time to clean up the garden, the work area and plan for next year. This week our tulip, anemone and ranunculus bulbs have arrived so we will be preparing space for them and getting them in the ground before the end of October. We like to clear some of the garden and get cover crop planted to be able to return essential nutrients to the ground. But next week Paul and I are going to take a breather and re-fuel before we continue with all those tasks.
Thank you for supporting our small farm here in South Surrey. There are not too many farms that are able to open their doors and support a one day a week market and receive as much engagement. This is unique and that is not lost on us. You have made a visit to the farm on Tuesday part of your weekly rhythm and we are so grateful. It may be a rainy last market but please come out and gather your local produce for a Thanksgiving feast or just to nourish you this week.
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