Each year the life cycle of the farm never ceases to amaze me. It begins each March, while winter is still amongst us and the wind blows through the empty fields and turns our cheeks a rosy red when we walk from the main building to the greenhouse. The greenhouse is where the annual cycle begins. As one enters the greenhouse in March they are greeted with the smell of earth and baby seedlings. This always reminds me that winter will leave us and be replaced with springs rebirth and summer’s bounty. But in March, our small team spends many hours in the greenhouse filling trays with soil and seeds. This is repeated until both greenhouses are filled to capacity with what will become our farm’s summer bounty of amazing produce that will nourish the minds and bodies of a thousand families.
As spring days get longer and warmer the farm activity changes too. We spend more time in the fields turning over the soil and preparing beds. Then we wait hopeful that the last frost is behind us and begin transplanting from the greenhouse to the fields. Our field team painstakingly undertakes this task with diligence and joy at what is to come. After the seedlings have been planted in the field and our world experiences its annual re-birth and spring growth, our field team must also expand. By the time June arrives and our world is in bloom, our farm staff also grows and blooms into a wonderful team. We welcome the addition of our weed crew who work daily from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm keeping those pesky weeds at bay. We also welcome our Field Crew who work daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm harvesting in the morning and performing other farm tasks in the afternoons. This is my favorite time of the year. Our fields are full, are staff is dedicated to keeping them that way throughout the season and distribution has arrived once again, for people at all income levels including those in need of assistance. It is time for all of us to enjoy this time in our annual cycle and cherish what we have all helped to create with this beautiful community farm.
Naomi Shea, for the Farm Staff