Most things we see happening around us we can explain scientifically. Biologists have exhaustively observed and cataloged nature’s behaviors, writing up lifetimes worth of work in peer-reviewed journals. We have a reason for everything. That red hue to falling leaves is because of senescence and green chlorophyll cells flushing out. Birds singing are a part of a reproductive strategy. Flowers bloom in time with seasonal cues and colors on the petals develop to attract pollinating insects. Evolution isn’t extravagant, and what beauty we find us always for a specific purpose. But evolution shaped our own brains and we are capable of frivolity, of joy, of celebration and of love. It seems diminishing to not recognize the possibility of these sentiments in all life forms. While they may have been programmed to, birds may belt out their tunes with utter abandon because singing is fun and their songs sound beautiful to their little bird ears. Trees may reach a little farther than they have to, make just one extra twig because they can, because it’s such a joy to grow and reach into empty space, because it’s just fun to build something. It’s possible that squirrels play games on tree trunks and take naps in the branches and have genuine affection for each other. And that stunning flower that was supposed to look like a bee, may make its red a little more vivid, and give a little more nectar than it strictly has to survive because what is life’s gifts if we don’t get to share them and because it likes the company of the beetles and the bees that drink from its womb. Maybe life’s drive to survive is inherently joyful and our own existence is just one more part of the celebration.
The farm, in the throes of recent rains, is also building because it can. We’re working on a couple of big projects that will hopefully be awaiting you all, fully completed, when school resumes. We’ll be putting most of the weekly activities on hold until then, but will still be doing volunteer hours and introducing our produce box system.
Holiday Harvest-your-own Produce Boxes: Available Dec 15-29th
Since we’re not doing farm stand over the break, we’ll be selling produce boxes. Set up a time to come down to the farm and walk around with me harvesting whatever you want from what we have. Boxes will be $15 (in cash) mostly, with flexibility with large variations in produce amount. A unique opportunity to participate in your own food system from a local, organic, affordable grower and see where your food comes from! Please try to bring your own boxes/bags. Book times on weekdays 9am-5pm. We’ll keep you updated on January availability. Sign up here and I’ll be in touch. Sign up for your first one and if you like it you can sign up for another.