FROM THE BLOG
In this month of darkness, with holiday sights and sounds bombarding us from all directions, we continue to meditate upon the purpose of our little farm. Besides the obvious jobs of seed selection and crop planning, we are plotting the lines for a more inclusive future.
Within the farming communities around us, all talk centers on the "Food Safety Modernization Act," or FSMA. You may not have heard about it, but these impending regulations from the FDA have the very real potential to shut down many sustainable farms like ourselves. The other alternative is that the FSMA will put these farms under such intense pressures from undue amounts of procedures and paperwork (ultimately, costs) that it will make it financially unrealistic to continue.
There's a certain smell in the air, alongside a diffusive quality of sunlight, that gently reminds me that we are transitioning into a different season. Yes, we are a few weeks away from the fall equinox, but this in-between time is perfect for introspection. In spring, we are ready for active rebirth, but in fall, we are ready for a slowing down. A time for internal focus combined with a conscious awareness of our centers. It's useful to take a few minutes at the end of the day to watch the sun drop behind the hill, and feel the solace of quietude.