Solstice

I was watching the sun push through the frost-work on the greenhouse, and I felt this really strong desire to be able to see it arise. Is it possible to see that formation? Or is this something that only happens in the dark? I imagined the seat — like at a theater — the insulated coveralls, and the kind of attention one would need … and laughed. :)

I was watching the sun push through the frost-work on the greenhouse, and I felt this really strong desire to be able to see it arise. Is it possible to see that formation? Or is this something that only happens in the dark? I imagined the seat — like at a theater — the insulated coveralls, and the kind of attention one would need … and laughed. :)


2018 Week 51, Winter CSA 2 of 13

If the winter is a slow diving into depth, the solstice is when we touch bottom. What you throw upward must have, for that instant before the rising thing becomes the falling, a moment of rest. It stops. And while long ago we might have felt something start to rise in us, and called our celebration the solstice. Maybe we also felt something stop.

We live in the shallows here, as far as winter goes, but we still have our dive. And, as for that, perhaps the shorter the winter, the more we need it. Where are the old rites which properly engage this passage? It seems we farmers should have at least a week of customs to take us around this horn. But this is a farm, and we grow things. So I suppose it’s something we could just as well grow ourselves.

Happy Solstice!

Althea Bread: If you are into more bread, let Andy know. He will be dropping off more loaves this Wednesday, but only if you order!

Summer CSA: The 10% discount on the Summer CSA ends in two weeks. If that’s of interest to you, take note.

Be well,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Winter CSA Dates: 12/19/18, 01/02/19, 01/16/19, 01/30/19, 02/13/19, 02/27/19, 03/13/19, 03/27/19, 04/10/19, 04/24/19, 05/08/19, 05/22/19

Expected Harvest

Greens
Kale
Spinach

Veggies
Beets
Carrots
Celeriac
Radish, Winter
Sunroot
Sweet Potatoes
Turnip, Winter

Fruit
Raspberries
Strawberries

Herbs
Ashwagandha
Burdock
Cilantro
Garlic
Ginger
Hot Pepper
Turmeric
Winter Teas

Staples
Popcorn

Althea Bread

It snowed. Neat stuff happened.

It snowed. Neat stuff happened.

The farm here is new, and the design is new and evolving. This means that the farm as a system has a lot of wavy hands in its plan. “You mow the living mulch walkways into a bag, and then you ferment it in a 55 gallon drum for a week or two, and then you —   wavy hands   — put it back out in the field at 50% dilution.” It always feels good to get the wavies out of the way. Here’s the new nutrient cart. The math on flow rate through various diameter hoses at different distances with a changing volume above was a little sketchy, but I did my best with that, and we can just make the tubes bigger or smaller if we need to. Or walk faster. :)

The farm here is new, and the design is new and evolving. This means that the farm as a system has a lot of wavy hands in its plan. “You mow the living mulch walkways into a bag, and then you ferment it in a 55 gallon drum for a week or two, and then you — wavy hands — put it back out in the field at 50% dilution.” It always feels good to get the wavies out of the way. Here’s the new nutrient cart. The math on flow rate through various diameter hoses at different distances with a changing volume above was a little sketchy, but I did my best with that, and we can just make the tubes bigger or smaller if we need to. Or walk faster. :)