7 hours ago
Do you remember summer? It was so lovely! I’ve spent a couple of cold/soggy days in the field trying to finish the spring planting so we can have armloads of flowers starting in April. It’s a rare time not to have ANY flowers. I harvested the last blooms in November, and I’ll have the first ones in February or March. (Not many, but a few.) So it’s really only a few months when there’s nothing developing in the field, and that’s when my mind does some analysis. - What a year we’ve had! Year 1 was for testing and learning and practicing. Year 2 was for getting out there and taking some big leaps. Year 3 has been so fun — getting smarter and pushing hard but still learning. Mistakes didn’t seem like such a big deal, and the great gains we’ve made feel deserved. But year 4, where we’re heading, feels big. Serious. Full of responsibility and a couple of important decisions. It’s going to be huge. - I feel really proud of this farm that seems to have its own momentum, and I’m grateful for the people around me who are patient with me while I obsess over it. I’ve always been a little bit hyperactive, and it’s weirdly soothing to have created this thing that’s always in the back of my mind, a touchstone for focus. - Anyway, I’m not totally sure what my point is today except to say that we’re working really hard and planning big things. And yesterday, standing in the field and thinking about all the growth and changes over the past three years, I had a big feeling that year 4 is going to change everything. I’m ready! Let’s do it!