Monday, November 24, 2014

Celebrating the harvest and reflecting on the past year

 “You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen.”
 Ernest HemingwayA Moveable Feast

Here on the farm life is slowing down. The fields have been put to rest, markets are coming to an end and we are given time to pause and reflect on the year.

On a farm, workflow is determined by the seasons. Spring is hectic. As the soil warms, a small window is allotted for planting. The heat comes and with it a flush of summer crops. There is little time to collect our thoughts during summer between the weeding and harvesting, but we push on. As the sun rises lower on the horizon and temperatures begin to drop we welcome fall and reap the fruits of our labor. 
Crops at the City Green Farm this summer
Whether it is the German celebration Oktoberfest, the Korean holiday of Chuseok, or the American Thanksgiving, harvest festivals are a time of gratitude and reflection. Many cultures worldwide celebrate the harvest in some form, the focus always a feast with family and friends. In our busy lives today it is easy to forget to slow down and show gratitude for all that we have.  
Sunflowers at the City Green Farm
With Thanksgiving approaching, I want to take this time to thank all of the volunteers and interns who made this year a success. Have a warm and restful winter and I look forward to working with you all again next year.

by Todd Gustafson
Todd is the Urban Farm Manager at City Green.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for a great post, Todd. Best wishes to you and all the staff and volunteers at City Green for a Happy Thanksgiving, a peaceful holiday season, and a prosperous and contented New Year!