I hope you are all well and happy and warm! Preparations are in the making for this year's Farm and Community Garden. We have great possibilities on the horizon and there are so many trying to make those possibilities a reality. In the fall, I definitely felt an end to the farming year.
I consider this the farm's fourth year. There was a year of planning, our first growing season in 2010, last year's season and now here we are on our fourth year. Each year we have made improvements not in just what we grow, but how we grow it. The weather has played a major role in our successes and failures; welcome to farming! I just wish I could have complete control over the weather so that we would have nothing but success! Actually, that really isn't true. In failure there is opportunity for tremendous growth and learning. I have learned so much! I also know the students who have participated have also learned a thing or two about farming, work, and building character and buildings! I think our community gardeners continue to learn and they add so much to the farm's beauty and wonderful atmosphere.
Now I am feeling a definite beginning to this new farming year. Beginnings can be great in that they are new, fresh and full of possibilities. Sometimes beginnings are scary because there is an element of the unknown, sometimes they are exciting because of what you do know and sometimes, because of previous experience, you are filled with confidence. I find this year's beginning at the farm is all of the above. There are things that I know, many more things that I don't know, and experience has shown me that being scared is usually due to a lack of preparation.
I am grateful for beginnings. In my life I have had many beginnings; some wildly successful and some not so much. With the "not so much" variety of beginning success, there is a great truth: you can usually begin again. I am aware that success is not merely in beginning, but beginning with the intent of working as hard as you can no matter what. Add to that hard work a serious amount of preparation and now you have a recipe for success. I think we will have a successful 2012 and I look forward to sharing every bit of that success with you!
I'll keep you posted as we solidify preparations and make changes. Until the next update then!
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