A new year always ushers in excitement to make a fresh start, and—with apologies to Alexander Pope—hope springs eternal in the breast of a farmer. Last year was a good year for us, but we’re ready to let go of the shortcomings and omissions of that year, commit to “doing the work,” and strive to improve our farm, our community, and ourselves in 2016.
So, what will we see by the end of 2016? We want to continue to build upon the Farm’s success by increasing soil life, improving our water management system for the fruit and vegetables, and creating a planting/harvesting schedule that ensures efficient succession planting, increases soil diversity, enhances pest resistance, and achieves harvest objectives. Our new walk-behind tractor will help us prepare the soil with minimal disturbance, maximize the use of cover crops, and hill up rows to ensure the heavy rains do not drown our crops. We’ll continue our experiments with Jean Paul Martin’s tarp methods for preparing the ground for planting and weed control.
We also cherish the nascent group of friends and our weekly Sunday Salons, in which we have “conversations that matter.” We will continue to host the meetings this year and hope to expand our circle. We’ll start with a “book club” style discussion of the Pope’s encyclical, “Laudato Si/On Care for Our Common Home,” focus a discussion series on the principles of permaculture design, provide a forum for interesting workshops, and facilitate other topics of interest to our friends and neighbors. Let us know if you’re interested in joining us for Sunday Salon.
We are so very thankful for the soul-filling land that we tend, the animals that enrich our lives, and our community of kith and kin. We are excited about the possibilities of 2016 and are looking forward to a wonder-filled year.
Happy New Years, everyone!