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Hope is Flowers | Over the Fence City Farm

Hope is Flowers | Over the Fence City Farm


Nicely, your entire 2021 season has come and gone and I haven’t posted something on this house. That final providing was about flowers (see Cultivating a Love of Flowers) and people had been one of many few issues that did rather well this yr. Guess this proves the notion that you just get what you give. I put vitality in direction of flowers within the spring and we reaped the advantages. That stated, and regardless of all the pieces I wrote within the spring about creating an appreciation for flowers, you possibly can’t eat them, a minimum of not sufficient for a balanced eating regimen.

As all the time, I felt impressed to jot down, there was lots on my thoughts. I maintained our social media feeds so a minimum of there’s some file there of what transpired. Nevertheless it was a tough yr. International weirding was in full impact and we noticed lengthy intervals of tremendous scorching and dry climate alternating with plenty of rain and spells of unseasonable cool. My vitality and enthusiasm waned – I didn’t exit to work as a lot as I used to or set up CSA work periods as frequently as previously. Extra wild animals got here to dine at our salad bar than ever, inflicting crop failure on a number of fronts. And we noticed ailments, like tomato mosaic virus, I’d solely examine earlier than.

So, I can’t say I’m fully unhappy it’s October. We’re cleansing up and seeking to the long run. However this time I’m taking part in an extended sport. Final month, on the Jewish vacation of Rosh haShanah, an official shmita yr started. Some readers will keep in mind that is the seventh yr biblical sabbatical referred to as for within the Torah of Jews residing within the land in Israel. I deliberate to take my very own shmita yr in the summertime of 2019 because it was out seventh farm season (see: Embracing Persephone: My Shmita Yr). That plan was derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic and I see 2021-22 (5782 on the Jewish calendar) as a second likelihood to take a a lot wanted break.

As I look again on the yr passed by and begin to think about the following seven, I’ve a couple of issues I’m genuinely grateful for. Blessings price noting and planning to make part of our work shifting ahead.

First, Because of all of the individuals who despatched messages and pictures of how the farm impacted your lives! From produce you became scorching sauces, cocktail mixers, and new sandwich toppers to the seedlings you took residence, nurtured, and loved I’m grateful to your new concepts and appreciations. It’s so nice to know what occurs to the bio-mass we put out into the world.

Second, due to everybody who hosted me for farm and backyard visits this yr. From previous pals to new acquaintances, to strangers I didn’t get to satisfy, I’m impressed by your work in rural and concrete areas all through Central Ohio and past. Listed here are a couple of of the highlights.

(clockwise from high left) Mezzacello, Olde Towne East; Ithaca Neighborhood Backyard, NY; Highland Youth Backyard, Hilltop; Sharing Backyard, Beechwold; Gomer’s Backyard, Clintonville

Thanks additionally to those that visited the farm and jogged my memory its not like everybody else’s yard. The place I noticed mess, you noticed magic. The place I noticed what could possibly be, you noticed what was. Thanks for coming to take a seat by the fireplace pit for a chat, thanks for main yoga courses within the driveway, thanks for sending your kids to us for camp, and thanks for following us on social media and letting us know what we’re doing helps you see prospects in your individual areas.

And eventually, we circle again to the flowers. Thank Gaia for the flowers. I didn’t rely the variety of bouquets I minimize this season, however I do know it was loads. As our buddy Julian just lately urged, each was a love tune of kinds – a group sown, grown, and gathered with love. And as our buddy and yoga teacher Emily urged, flowers supply us a chance to concentrate, to domesticate our aware presence as we work to navigate and co-create new normals. That’s one thing I hope to do numerous between now and Fall 2022. Chances are you’ll or might not hear a lot from me between at times however I’ll look ahead to being with you on the opposite aspect.



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