Farmers still doing what farmers always do
They ran to the groceries, they filled up their carts,
They emptied the Tops and Price Chopper and Walmart,
They panicked and fought and then panicked some more,
Then they rushed to their homes and they locked all the doors.
The food will be gone! The milk, eggs and cheese!
The yogurt! The apples! The green beans and peas!
They’ll be starving and looting and nothing to do!
Then they paused, and they listened a moment or two.
And they did hear a sound, rising over the fear,
It started out far, then began to grow near.
But this sound wasn’t sad, nor was it new,
The farms were still doing what farms always do.
The farms kept it coming, though they struggled themselves,
Though the cities had forgotten from where their food came,
The farms made them food every day, just the same.
Through weather and critics and markets that fall,
The farms kept on farming in spite of it all.
They farmed without thank yous. They farmed without praise.
They’d bought all the food, yet the next day came more,
And the people thought of something they hadn’t before.
Maybe food, they thought, doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe farmers, perhaps, mean a little bit more.
- Anna Richards
On March 22nd I started a few of our plants for the upcoming summer garden in the kitchen. Some I generally direct sow in the garden such as pumpkins but decided to start a few in the house anyways. Just 9 days later I already have a tray full of seedlings almost ready to transplant. These little babies will be moved to grow bags in a few days and then out to the porch greenhouse cloche until it is warm enough to put them in the garden beds. Some of the smaller seedlings such as tomatoes are a little leggy but should straighten right up when they get transplanted up to their first leaves and set out in better sunlight. I can't wait for warmer days when we can go pick fresh produce straight from the garden again.
If you haven't tried gardening before why not start now? Start small. Get the kids involved. Start a kitchen scrap garden or growing something like salad greens that can be grown indoors and harvested in as little as 10 days!