It felt good to get back to work at the farm yesterday
The leaves have unfurled & there was a nice rain in the evening
A new high tunnel is under construction, which will allow the plastic to be removed from the Cathedral – giving the elements of Sun, Rain, & Air the chance to work their gifts in clearing & breathing the soil which has been under cover for 5 years
Bean seeding day!
These are Romano beans, and I was to use up the rest of them
12 trays in all
Then another variety, purple, called Amethyst
Pardon me while I marvel once again at the beauty & diversity of bean seeds…
In they go!
Chioggia Beets, & a New Zealand Spinach variety were also seeded.
Then onto a few herb & flower transplants
With the help from Sebastian
Bob grows many varieties of Peppers, & does the transplanting of those to be absolutely sure he’s sure that the hot & sweet types are clearly marked
These piles of markers were assembled during a conversation with one of the on-farm interns
I didn’t notice their construction, as I was filling trays & my eyes were focused on my hands’ actions
But it was a delightful surprise to find later – simple creations of beauty
Across the road, Bob set to applying composted manure to some beds awaiting 3 varieties of Kale
The hens were moved there to work up a site for future planting
(Feel free to add your favorite Why did the chicken cross the road? joke in the comment section…)
Yesterday evening, as I drove home with the radio tuned into the local, independent station
I heard about the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
If nothing else, please scroll down & read the Wikipedia section on Opposing Views and the position of the Native Alaskan Tribes.
(The fact that I was driving my car at the time was not lost on me…)
The ANWR was what I woke up with in my mind.
The Porcupine Caribou calving grounds are there
People are still thinking they are not of this place
Why else would such a go-ahead be made?
What would the whales say, if we could ask them…?
They see the world in a different way from us humans
We humans think we know what’s best
But I’m not so sure of that
What if the Caribou could be asked
And the Native Treaties honored
I think a lot of things, like most humans do…
I donate money to the NRDC, with the hope that they can do something to protect this place, our place, this Us-thing-place we call Earth
But donating money isn’t enough, & I don’t donate a ton of money either.
(After meeting someone who worked in a non-profit that often went to court, she said that even $5 helps pay for transportation…)
How does one really stop a tide of greed & shortsightedness & a massive corporation like Shell from doing something…?
What if the guide was truly: what is for the benefit of ALL beings…?