Happy New Year!
For a whole host of reasons I absolutely love the end of the year! The ability to look back on the scope of work accomplished from the start to the finish, on the farm and off. Projects started and finished, projects started and still going, and projects yet to start! (That’s the longest list).
I love it because of the months, weeks, days, and minutes have passed yet all ended at the last midnight 2017. The seasons come and the seasons go, changing the landscapes and changing the feelings, scenery, and life that each season brings in.
I can say it has been hard to have free time like I used to but my attention has shifted to producing great produce and understanding the new systems I’m putting in place for the farm and ways to do it the best way, the most sustainable way, and consistently great ways.
I look back on this year, my first year of farming, building, and planning and I realize that I have very much to be thankful for on the farm and the community that has and will continue to allow us to grow. I have much to learn and can’t wait to continue to do so.
Keep in mind it is not just the good moments, because there are often reasons to be thankful even in the midst of difficulty. Below you will find a short list of the things that I am thankful for as I begin this journey of a young aspiring farmer. Of course this is not the complete list, but rather those things that are most closely related to the farming journey ...
I am thankful for all of the difficult tasks, moments, hours, days, and weeks on the farm.
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to grow food for Chef Juan Rodriguez and his endeavors with his Kitchen Magdalena’s.
I am grateful for chance to turn a lemon of a refrigerated truck from Chicago into the lean mean produce machine for 2018. (By great I mean nail biting, teeth grinding, jerkiness of fun).
I am thankful for my family.
I am thankful for my friends.
I am thankful for my brother.
I am thankful for the opportunity to work inside the greenhouse when it too cold. (Finally getting those heaters figured out! Thanks Holland Heaters and Hortamericas).
I am thankful for the opportunity to work outside no matter what the weather is.
I am thankful for the herb, greens, and Microgreen lovers who help keep the farm running by supporting us and will help us grow.
I am thankful for the farmers that came before me.
I am thankful for clear moonlit nights, slow summer hammock naps after long days, birds in the trees, and turkey in the yard.
I am thankful that I am a farmer.
What are you thankful for this year? No matter where you are on your life journey I would love to hear what you are thankful for and what you are going to accomplish in the year 2018.
Cooling Wall side of the greenhouse overlooking the farmland. 10.23.17
Red Oakleaf lettuce on the way to lunch.