Field Notes Volume 3 | Number 3 June 15th, 2015
Mother of the Garden
by Sky Harman
As a farmer the farm is pretty much always on my mind. Its my first thought in the morning and my last thought at night. Sometimes IÂ’ll wake in the middle of the night wondering if I watered the seedlings or turned on the electric fence. I dream about it every night too. That is the curse of the vegetable farmer. The folks that work with me probably feel like they are just as invested in the farm as I am, but I doubt that they can be no matter how much they care, until they have birthed it and cared for it and watched it grow like I have. Being a vegetable farmer is probably like being a mother (I canÂ’t say for sure, but the amount of care and worry that I put into things (both vital and completely unreasonable) makes me feel like a mother).
Of course there are a lot of fatherly duties around the place, like fixing things, and killing things, and acting like I know what I am doing even if I donÂ’t, but mostly its motherly duties- itÂ’s about care. IÂ’m not saying that caring or farming is womenÂ’s work (even though women are 70 percent of the food producers of the world and sustain the majority of the worldÂ’s population through their efforts in subsistence agriculture), but these attributes are typically described as feminine virtues, and I will accept that as praise for my profession and the women of the world who keep things going.Â A lot of care goes into the farm and the food we eat. It started way before the seeds were even bought, with planning and preparation, carried on with cleaning and maintenance, seeding, fertilizing, tilling, planting, cultivating, protecting (for disease, insects, deer and rabbits, etc…. Somewhere along the way yaÂ’ll joined in for another year of veggies or to give Harmony FarmÂ’s program a true and then began another round of planning and preparation, and then things were almost ready to harvest and the date was here, but me I couldnÂ’t help but feel like mom on the first day of school excited and
nervous and fussing over the little bits, and the regrets, and the worries, but thinking hopefully at the same time…. And then there it was we began the harvest and here it is and there it goes. And soon enough my baby will be all grown up as the frost hits and the folks that have made Harmony Farm function find different ways to occupy themselves and then once again IÂ’ll be left alone a farmer standing in fields of what was, what can be, and what will be.
Somehow I think its a feeling only a mother could understand.
ps. Things are growing well! Our spring plantings, I think were a success, and our summer plantings are coming along well. This week yaÂ’ll are seeing the first of the summer fruits in the zucchini, and the cukes and tomatoes are beginning to fruit. I think we should see the first ripe ones in a few weeks if the weather holds up. Speaking of weather, this rain has been a blessing as the ground was quite parched although we have been irrigating regularly. We are going to begin putting the new fence up this week, which will be a very big project.
Salad Mix – Enjoy!
Greens – Either Kale, Swiss Chard or Mustard Greens
Snow Peas – Enjoy!
Broccoli! – Looks like the last week for our spring planting, which I have been very happy with
Carrots – Great every which way, but I think this variety, Mokum which is the sweetest there is tastes especially good raw.
Kohlrabi- Crispier than a radish, but
with no spice, these tasty veggies are great roasted, or shredded on a salad, but I like them best sliced thinly and sprinkled with sea salt and cayenne
For Market-Style CSA Customers:
You will receive Salad Mix, Peas, Broccoli, Carrots and greens with your choice of addtional items.