I have two onions left in my kitchen from last year's harvest. I must admit that at first I was sad to contemplate the idea of buying onions at the grocery store (knowing they could never be quite as delicious), but then it occurred to me that this sort of finality or "tying up of loose ends" only means that it is time to start again. Adding to this feeling was the dramatic change in scenery that occurred here in the past week. I almost felt as if a magic wand had been waved and the snowy blanket removed to reveal... (drum roll please)... a farm!
The sudden exposure of all that rich brown earth after a couple months of blinding white seems to be nature's way of saying, "Okay. I've had my rest, now it's time for some new growth."
Well, we are happy to oblige.
We do still have a bit of time before the plants can actually go in the ground (and surely we are not completely shut of snowy weather yet), but last week our farmers cleaned out the greenhouses and began seeding onions, beets, spring brassicas, fennel, and leeks. A number of volunteers have emerged to assist and we very much appreciate the extra hands as we fill flat after flat with the tiny seeds that will grow into nourishment for the mind and body of many individuals and families, whether through preparing and eating healthy snacks in our education programs, purchasing seedlings at our seedling sales, or using produce from our CSA and hunger relief/food access programs.