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Moving and interdependence

March 5, 2012

Big news first. We’ve moved, and we’re happily arranging our new nest. As many of you know, we’ve been living with Harvey’s parents in order to get the farm up and running. We are so grateful for all they have done to help us. It’s not only that they have shared their home with us, but we’ve also had an impressive apprenticeship in gardening, cooking, preserving the harvest, fishing, and building things. During this time, we’ve been hunting for a small farmette to rent or buy, but have yet to find the perfect fit. In the meantime, we made a decision to offer fewer CSA shares this year. As many CSA farmers have told us, it’s much better to start with a small number of shares and slowly build up. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in all of our farming adventures, it is to be flexible and open-minded. This year we’ll continue growing food in the community garden in Selinsgrove, in the yard at Harvey’s parents’ place, and now, we’ll add our own backyard garden to the mix. Harvey and I have moved into an apartment on the Isle of Que in Selinsgrove. We’re still looking for the perfect small farm, however this is a great way for Serious Farms to grow at a healthy, steady pace.

It warms our hearts and encourages us as people begin to send in their Serious CSA membership forms. We can’t wait to grow lots of nutritious veggies for you and your families. It’s going to be a delicious year! Farming blends work and life in a beautiful and sometimes messy way. It used to be that I would go to the office from 9 to 5, clearly separating my workday from my personal life. It’s different with farming. Farming takes over our days in a wonderful and gentle way. We’re reading gardening books with the morning cup of coffee. We’re planting seedlings indoors under grow lights during the day and checking the viability of the seeds we’ve saved from last year. We’re tending to the vibrant spinach and miner’s lettuce protected under low tunnels. And once we start planting, it’ll be hard to get my fingernails clean until the fall. It’s not that it’s such a dirty job, but rather it just feels good to push my hands into the dirt and share that warm growing space with the worms and seeds for just a moment.

After chatting with some friends, it occurred to me that some people think we’re trying to be 100% self-sufficient. I don’t know if that is our goal or not. We love to eat from our garden, all that fresh, flavorful food, but we’re not the Kingsolvers (though we love their book). We are not 100% locavores, nor do we eat 100% organic food. Instead, we’re more aware of the history behind our food than we used to be. We still eat hotdogs, but we’re wise to what’s in them. We definitely enjoy the food we produce. We’re proud of it, and I know we’re healthier for it. We also recognize that we’re part of a greater community. We don’t want to be independent. Perhaps interdependent would be a better word. You grow something, and we’ll grow something, and then let’s share. There is something beautiful in being part of this particular community. We couldn’t farm without all the people who support us by lending a hand, buying a CSA share, attending our workshops, or just cheering us on. That is why we are here. We’ve met landowners near Philly who would gladly let us farm their land, but we really want to stay in this community. This is home.

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  1. March 5, 2012 10:25 am

    lovely post. interdependence is a wonderful thing. hooray!

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