Racing the Sun

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“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

-Masanobu Fukuoka

I completed another lap around the life-giving sun this week, and I couldn’t be more pleased. My odd years have always been far and away better years of my life to date, and I have every intention of making this last odd year in my second decade on this planet the best, most fruitful, highest-performing year to date. One thing I have gotten in the habit of repeating to myself,  as somewhat of a mantra, is that it’s not about the mistakes made in the past, but the choices made in the present. Trust me, the mistakes of the past have been plentiful! But, in reality, mistakes and failures are life’s greatest teachers, and the lessons I’ve learned these past few seasons have been and continue to be paramount to the progression of this, my farming journey. And so, here I sit, on wrapping up one rollercoaster of a season, yet at the dawn of a new year of life, a little humbler and a little wiser, determined and optimistic, and so very excited to see what this next season of life and the next season of production have to offer! I can’t wait to continue sharing this journey with you all, stay tuned!

I hope to see you all at the Piedmont Farmer’s Market tomorrow from 9am til Noon! Yes, it’s going to be chilly, so bring a jacket, but I really hope you’ll come to see me, because I’ve got it goin’ on right now! Kale, Collards, Lettuce, Spring Mix, Mustard, Mizuna, Tatsoi, Radishes, Chard, Arugula, Baby Kale, Microgreens and Eggs will all be on the menu tomorrow! Brave the cold, the sun will be shining, glinting off the pearly whites of my smiling face! You know you want to, these fresh veggies aren’t long for this world as the ensuing winter ever encroaches!

I have to give a shout-out to my friend, Nicole, who has arranges with her instructors in the CPCC Nursing Program to allow them to fulfill volunteer hours helping me out at Street Fare Farm! I’ve been spared a few long-nights due to these generous helpers, and couldn’t be more grateful! If anyone else has any desire to come out and see what this farming stuff is really all about, please do not hesitate to contact me! I always have something going on, especially this winter, as I’ll be building a lot of infrastructure to get set up out on the new property as I transition from the incubator farm. Let me know!

I hope you all have a splendid week, and bundle up! It’s getting chilly out there!

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