Winter Winding Down
As winter winds down in a hurry here on the farm, our attention returns once again to the soil. In particular to the microbiology within it that is the beating heart of biological growing systems. I attended one of many conferences on this topic recently and was deeply relieved to hear how far the science and practice of regenerative agriculture has progressed in the past year. Many researchers in public and private institutions around the world are now taking the time to dig into the practices that seem to increase agricultural resilience and ecosystem diversity.
As it turns out, most of these solutions revolve around protecting and feeding the microbes in the soil, but more on that from Michele & Richard in later sections of this newsletter. They have spent weekends and evenings in construction mode this month, and the greenhouse is nearing completion. Our eco-conscious ethic pushes us to reuse materials where possible, and to build things ourselves when practical. For this project we are welding grow-tables out of reclaimed carport tubing and are resurrecting countertops from an earlier construction project that went down in a blaze of glory.
Nathan and Cynthia have been working hard, too, but on the internet front. This week marks the release of our new website and product packaging. Much as we have found with our approach to farming, there is initially a lot of resistance to doing things differently. However time will show that patience, practicality and openness to change will provide much greater opportunity for future generations, both in the health of the land, and the people who live upon it.
Enjoy the spring weather as you get it, wherever you are, and don't forget to thank the microbes!