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January 28, 2017
Farm, Hope, Heal
PASA's Farming for the Future Conference
Farm conference at pasa
This year the Farmer's Wife and daughter will make the trek to Penn State for the 26th Annual Farming for the Future Conference hosted by PASA (Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture). While this conference is packed full of information for farmer's who are interested in sustainable practicing, it also offers plenty of great classes for consumers who are like-minded. A fun program for children invites them to discover how farming and the environment impact each other. The kids form tight bonds with each other and look forward to seeing each other year after year.
For the farmers, this conference is a fabulous way to re-vitalize focus for the coming season. The classes are informative, the food is local and delicious (including ice cream!) and the socializing with farmer-friends brightens the winter blahs. Friday morning the Farmer's Wife will be speaking on Cut-Flower Production, so wish her luck!
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July 24, 2015
Summer Heat
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
Now is the season of my neglect to write. The height of summer arrives in July and with it comes extra long days on the farm. Beans, cherry tomatoes, squash and cucumbers slurp up time as we pick, pick and pick. Last week’s dog days (dog days are hot and humid, right?)demoralized the crew, the Farmer, and even the Farmer’s daughter. Only temporarily. Working outside this week is a dog gone pleasure. Now everyone is all smiles, optimistic and that "I'm about to quit" look in their eyes has passed.
No matter what, July remains challenging. In addition to a heavy harvest, we are still planting and weeding like crazy. The Farmer finds himself working seven days a week, way too many hours. It feels like we barely see each other, or at least have time to discuss anything important. I am up late at the computer, after everyone is finally sleeping. He is up at dawn's first light, and often gone until dusk. We've been at this long enough to remember that the grind is temporary. Field pressure lets up in mid September, and the days become shorter, thanks to the waning sun in Autumn. Rest will reward the hard-working farmer.
For now, we will keep at it. And savor days like today where the warm of the sun penetrates the soul and the blue of the sky brightens the spirit. Truly, we feel blessed to walk in rhythm with nature every day.
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