State of the Farm

You know where your food comes from!  Let’s keep those Farmer’s Market’s open with our support.  Recession proof your favorite places by going to the local stores when you can:  mom and pop bakeries, delis, café’s and your dairy and egg provider. These all need our attendance during these harder times.

Just by stopping and smelling the sights and sounds around you, you are staying in touch with the ever changing patterns of weather and plant growth.  And by touching the soils and watering your garden, you connect with nature in that special way that touches your soul with energy and hopefully makes you aware of your witness and duty to that great chain of life in which we are all a part.   Our short Texas spring is almost over.  But the joys of summer offer to enchant us once again.   I chose to write the newsletter this month as I worked in the garden while turning the dirt, smelling the approaching rain, and looking for signs that our new plants were growing.  Too often, city dwellers pass by the excitement and beauty of natural changes unfolding all around and thus miss the energy that summer brings to our spirits.

Stop and look outdoors.  Notice the variety of birds in your yard.  Slow down walking outside and smell the blooming jasmine, ligustrums, hibiscus, oleanders.  Feel the breezes, winds or rain on your face.  Don’t rush to avoid nature’s movements.  Listen to the different birds, crickets, frogs, squirrels, cats and dogs of your neighborhood.  How do the trees sound with the wind rustling through them?

Try growing your own garden, or at least one container of tomatoes or herbs.  Container vegetables are easy in this almost tropical, long growing season of the Houston area.  Tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, basil, rosemary, mint, parsley and others are not only great to eat, but ornamental; attracting bees and other helpful bugs!  Fresh picked foods not only taste better but provide more nutrients and vitamins.   Gardening also teaches great lessons about patience, planning, adjustments and nurture while providing great foods and fun for your whole family and your neighbors.

Glen and I can’t thank you enough for helping us save our green space, for keeping our garden growing along with the wonderful herds of animals we have.  By your support of our farm, and the local markets, you are contributing so much to a cleaner environment (staying “green”) and providing farmers a way to stay in business.

You know where your food comes from!  Let’s keep those Farmer’s Market’s open with our support.  Recession proof your favorite places by going to the local stores when you can:  mom and pop bakeries, delis, café’s and your dairy and egg provider. These all need our attendance during these harder times.

Just by stopping and smelling the sights and sounds around you, you are staying in touch with the ever changing patterns of weather and plant growth.  And by touching the soils and watering your garden, you connect with nature in that special way that touches your soul with energy and hopefully makes you aware of your witness and duty to that great chain of life in which we are all a part.  

JVF