"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread in it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves."
~ Chief Seattle
The days have gotten much shorter out here and we are working hard to get everything out of the ground and properly stored, while putting lots of garlic seed into the ground! We are definitely finishing of the growing season with some fun and appreciation for the working relationships that have developed amongst ourselves and with the land. As a new resident here, I am sensing and finishing the season with gratitude for all I have learned here as well as all I have yet to learn. The challenges of a small, conscious and beyond organic farm are many and I am humbled on a daily basis here. As the season of giving thanks approaches, I have a lot to be giving thanks for. The humans, animals and plants alike out here have given me riches greater than I could have imagined before beginning to work here this year.
Sewing the garlic brings the circle around and as we plant, dance, laugh and sometimes cry I am reminded of what seems just like yesterday when my boys were pulling the first garlic of their life out of this ground with smiles on their faces this spring. Just as we are putting some of it back in for next year's spring and summer.
Oh, how I look forward the next scape flush and bringing them to you all in their full green garlic splendor! But for now, we are winding down. This month, our planet's full moon is known as the Beaver Moon according to the Farmer's Almanac. Native tribes have other variations also, such as Freezing or Frost Moon and Deer Rutting Moon, which we can vouch for out here on the farm after stumbling upon some randy activity in the back woods. Farming this land through the seasons sure does open a new perspective on how to give and take in a respectful way within the web of life.
We still have a some great dividends for our CSA members this week:
Yukina Savoy Bunches (Asian Greens)
Cherokee Purple Tomatoes
(Element of Surprise)
Here is a DELICIOUS and easy way to use some of the goodies from your box!
GARLIC HASH BROWNS WITH KALE
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 to 3 large kale leaves, shredded
Pinch of saltOption: 2 cups shredded sweet potato instead of Yukon Gold potatoes