What a strange mistress is the weather! While our friends in Georgia struggle with flood conditions, and our family in North Carolina say they haven’t seen the sun in over a week, things have been dry as a bone here at the farm. You can see that from the dust the tractor is kicking up as Shannon mows our early summer squash and cucumber beds so that we can, in the coming weeks, pull up the plastic mulch and plant a cover crop to help nourish the soil over the winter. The lack of rain is certainly a challenge, especially since we’re still working out lots of kinks with our new irrigation system.
As we do our best to manage a tough situation — hand watering our fall crops, for example — we reflect that this is a life we wouldn’t trade for anything. We make our living growing vegetables that fill bellies and create moments of connection between family members and friends. We are reminded every day of the land’s miraculous ability to provide for us. We wake every morning blessed with work.