Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 King James Version (KJV)
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
This is the time of year that is so exciting! Every thing starts to come to life after a long winter of dormancy. Flowers start to spring up and the grass starts to show its green colors again. God is the creator of life. In His original design death was never intended…then sin came and death ensued. But God has made a way of escape, just like the renewing of the buds on the trees we can have everlasting life if we chose His ways. This Spring has been a difficult time for us personally. Larry & I lost MeMa and PaPa, Larry’s mothers parents, within 4 weeks of each other. This experience, as death often does, has helped us to remember how delicate and precious life is.
There are so many object lessons in the garden. Each plant is an example of life, each plant needs light, oxygen, water and nutrients that are in the soil to live. God has made each plant to grow and to become living food for us to eat so that we can be alive and healthy. We know that our plants would not grow without God’s watch care over them. There are so many things that threaten a plant and without God they would not survive. Just like with our own lives…there are so many things that threaten our well being. If we choose God’s ways He will lead us to life everlasting. We praise God for His divine ways and for giving us the strength we have needed over the past few weeks.
This is what we have been up to…We have started planting months earlier this year in hopes to have more produce available for our new market, NuLu Phoenix Hill, that is set to start May 19th. We basically turned our living room into a green house to have early starts. We are still in the process of building the early stars house and hope that we will have it ready for next year!
We have radishes, turnips and arugula in the green house that are slowly coming along. This is the first time we have planted in the green house before transplanting the tomato plants. We planted in a way that will allow the tomato plants to go in even if we have not finished harvesting the earlier crops.
We also have all the brassica family planted in the field. With all the snow melt and then heavy rains the ground has been very wet. Because we have to wait until the soil is dry to work the ground it has taken weeks to be able to transplant into the fields. Once the ground was dry enough we only had a short window of a few days to plant everything before rain was to start to fall again. Then it was predicted that we would have “severe thunder storms and possible hail storms.” We stayed up until midnight Wednesday night covering the plants, under the moon light that was beautiful, to protect them. When they are first transplanted they are very fragile and we could not take any chance of them being damaged.
Larry & I are extremely excited about this year! The potting soil that Larry has developed is finally working well, the plants seem to be loving the veganic blend and are growing much better this year. We have a walk-in cooler and a wash station that will allow for easier harvesting and storing and we continue to amend and build the soil in the fields. This is our third season serving our Indiana and Kentucky communities and we can’t wait to see what this season is going to bring…we look forward in sharing in the harvest with you all.
Your farmers Larry & Michelle (Mikey)
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