A week in brief

A week in brief

This is why I've been forcing myself to write every day: because when I set out to document and reflect on an entire week that's somehow slipped past me, the task seems impossible.  There are so many details and conversations and colors and projects that happen in one hour, let alone one day-- and forget one whole week!-- that to try to encompass the whole will be woefully inadequate.  Nonetheless, I guess, I'll persist.

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Reflections on running the farm

There are these special weeks, sprinkled throughout the year, when Ted goes on vacation and I'm left to manage the farm.  A lot of people have asked me what that really means.  What's really different?  There are obvious answers, and there are many ways that simply having another highly skilled person on the farm allows us to do twice as much each week.  Beyond that, there's a shift that nothing short of running the farm would create.

So, what's different about running-- versus assistant managing-- the farm?

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Pass-off

Pass-off

David finished the week's vacuum seeding.  Ted led bed prep and transplanting out on the final frontier in the fourth field.  So Delicious employees came to volunteer for the morning and pulled all our greenhouse garlic to cure.  I harvested fennel and green onions with Kiya.  She led zucchini and cucumber harvest after lunch.  Volunteer Louisa cleaned green onions while her two sons spread manure with the crew.  Two youth farmers got up in ladders to harvest buckets of cherries.  We filled the coolers with produce for tomorrow's farm stand, watered the nursery, cleaned up around the wash tubs.  And at the end of an otherwise normal day, Ted passed off the farm to me.

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