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December 29, 2014
Into the Light
A Note from the Farmer
We are passing through the darkest days of the year, a time that for many is difficult and trying. The short days, the grey skies and the cold can bring people’s spirits to a low ebb. And yet the hope of the coming year swells around us.
It starts with a few extra minutes of light each day, a promise of things to come. Shortly, despite January snow and ice, the change will begin to be apparent, the sun higher and stronger and the earth beginning to awaken. This from what is of course just a dozing sleep rather than a deep slumber, for even now in the depths of the dark days, we can hear bird song and catch the scent of earth in the air. Life is moving, working, sustaining us even in this time of rest.
Here at the farm our lives mirror this process. As we find time for rest and family during these grey days of winter, we already turn our faces to the coming season. We do, because we must. Preparation for spring planting already demands our attention. Cleaning and organizing tools, ordering and restocking supplies, planning and researching new strategies, a lengthy ‘to do’ list requires our attention throughout the short weeks before greenhouse heaters are turned on and the planting begins again.
Not only necessity inspires us to persist. The continuity builds strength. We rest, but we also keep going, like the biological processes on the farm itself, slowed but continuous. We have time to reflect, but we don’t lose ourselves in reflection. We have time to plan and dream, but we remember the needs of the present. It is a persistence born of the knowledge that spring is coming, with its renewal, its demands and its opportunity. This time of rest is also a time of preparation and of readiness. January will roll into February and March, and the sun will begin to loosen winter’s grip. The day will come, some years sooner, some years later, when a handful of earth crumbles between the fingers, no longer sticky mud, letting us know it is time to plow. We will be ready, with tools cleaned, plans made and energy renewed.
We wish you peace and strength as we all pass into this new year. May the promise of spring sustain you, keeping the hearth embers aglow in the assurance that the sun’s warmth and light will return, as it always has.