Planting Days

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.

-Tony Robbins

Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you’re working, it feels like you’re taking one step forward, then two steps back? Man, I’ve felt that way the past couple weeks. It seemed as though with every victory, with every completed project, some problem would arise that would throw everything off and necessitate my utmost attention, stripping that attention from everything else that I had planned to accomplish. Well, I suppose it’s just a lesson that, while it’s good to have a plan to fall back onto, things rarely go according to plan, and you can either let the setbacks overwhelm you and bring you down, or you can force a grin and bear it, figure it out, and see it through, which will go much further to forge your character. Many people would consider me a character, but that’s a whole other story.

Setbacks aside, we finally have plants in the ground at Street Far Farm! Yesterday I completely filled one caterpillar tunnel with baby kale, arugula and radishes. It was exhausting, but I’m happy to see some green things growing, and certainly ready to bring them to market. The second tunnel will be planted out with spinach, lettuce and radishes any day now, there are just a few more pressing issues at hand considering the miserable outlook in the 10-day forecast. Does anybody else feel waterlogged? I’m praying for a dry spell at the end of this month and beginning of March, I implore you to pray the same. I’m planning to get the first field plantings in the ground mid-March, but there’s still a good bit to do to get the beds ready, and some dry weather would be extremely helpful. Stay tuned for an announcement on a fun-filled day of spreading compost, an event you too can come enjoy!

In personal news, I’ve decided to go on an indefinite social media fast. I won’t go too far into it, but I will say that I think our American society has become increasingly devoid of a sense of tangible, face-to-face communal interaction, and at the same time increasingly preoccupied with the comparison-culture that is inherent in the social media domain. I personally believe that a return to live-and-in-person community development would go a long way to reverse the growing extremist polarity that we see growing in our culture. I also think that social media creates for the individual user a myopic and biased perspective on our world as the algorithms that determine the viewers content are engineered to show you more of what you’re already looking at, whereas true, communal human interaction will give you a perspective on the world that hasn’t been designed to reinforce what you have already been thinking, thereby creating within you a more rounded and grounded perspective. I could go on, and if you’ve read my newsletters in the past you know that I can have a tendency to rant, but I’ll leave it by saying that I’m getting off social media because I want to stop comparing myself to others, I want to break the dopamine-feedback-loop of garnering “likes” and “shares”, I want to be more productive and present, and I want strengthen my own skills of human interaction and make deeper and more meaningful connections with the people I care about. If you’d like to talk more about it, come see me at the market or drop me a line!

Come on out and see us at the Piedmont Farmer’s Market on Winecoff School Rd. tomorrow from 9am til noon and get your microgreens and eggs! I’m hoping we’re just a few weeks away from some real veggies, so stay tuned!

A special shoutout to my new friend and CSA member Steven who has been volunteering a lot of his time out here at the farm, primarily cutting limbs hanging over the road up to the field. I often feel as though I’m entirely undeserving of the opportunities and help that I’ve been given throughout this journey, and I am extremely grateful for Steven and the rest of you that support my efforts. Running a business sometimes feels as an extremely selfish venture, but I try to approach it from the perspective that I’m doing this out of service to my community by providing the healthiest food I can muster from the Earth, and that I’m doing this out of service to the Earth itself, helping to build diversity which lends to a healthier ecosystem. Thanks, Steven, you’re really putting the “Community” in “Community Supported Agriculture”!

Have a wonderful weekend folks, and maybe the next time you’re on the Facebook, if you see a post from a friend that you’d like to comment on, maybe pick up the phone and give them a call before you post that comment? Just a thought! Be well!

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Laid Out

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

-Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

A huge THANK YOU shoutout to the folks who came out on Monday to help set up the caterpillars pictured above, namely Ray, Steven, Gena and Chuck, and of course my right hand man Hans! All that’s left is to get these bad boys skinned with greenhouse plastic, but before that happens I need to get some compost transported from the massive pile I’ve been building for a couple years and spread out underneath the tunnels. Then we can get them covered and then they’ll be fertilized and broadforked, and then we’ll get the irrigation run, likely just in time for the little planties, some of which are pictured below, planted and get the season off and running! I’m pumped, though I would have liked to have made some progress on some of these tasks this week, but I got laid out pretty hard…

It started with a bit of a scratchy throat Monday night that culminated in a bed-ridden Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with sweaty chills, achey joints, and some nasty stuff being expelled from my throat and nostrils. My fever broke Wednesday night, and today, while I’m feeling TONS better, I’m a little weak and pretty stiff from laying down for that long. I don’t often get sick, and when I do, it’s usually for no longer than a day or two, so this illness had my climbing up the walls. Apparently there’s something going around, and I hope you all are staying healthy, because I wouldn’t wish what I just experienced on my worst enemies! Upward and onward.

I hope you all will come out to the Piedmont Farmer’s Market on Winecoff School Rd. tomorrow from 9am til noon! I’m going to stay at home to try to catch up on some of this work, but Hans will be manning the booth, slinging some Pea Shoots, Radish Shoots, Sunflower Shoots, Brassica Shoots, Arugula Shoots, Micro Mix, Basil Shoots, and a boat load of Eggs! Eggs are back with a vengeance, you’ll be happy to hear, so come out and see us!

Have a great weekend everybody. I want to also say a special thanks to all who responded to my plea last Sunday for CSA shares! I hate asking for help, it’s a problem that I’m working on getting over, but as they have said in agricultural communities for generations now, it takes a village! Shares are still available for purchase, and I implore you to go ahead and jump on the Street Fare Farm train sooner rather than later, it’d help me out a great deal! Thank you, and be well!