FROM THE BLOG
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.
We'll be honest.... the incessant rain, combined with intense heat and humidity, has really pushed us to the brink in the past weeks. There's just nothing you can do when your land is saturated with water, and the rain keeps on coming down.