The farming season has begun in earnest and I'm filled with a mix of the overwhelms and the excites - two fake words that probably most accurately describe the ratio of my emotions throughout the entire farming season. I'm always delighted with the early growth of vegetables, like the pretty little red express cabbage babies above. One of the great gifts of farming is being able to witness the incredible transformation of plants from seed to sprout to full grown vegetable. The seeming impossibility of all that change within a matter of days or months instills a deep sense of magic in me. And yes, I know there is lots of science involved but sometimes it's more enjoyable to simply be in awe.
The flip side of all this spring magic-making is always a feeling of time rapidly speeding up (hence, the overwhelms). I can feel the plants syncing up with the larger seasonal shift toward more energy, longer days, and some internal clock saying "waaaaake uppp little babies!"
Beyond the uptick of daily tasks that need to be accomplished (seeding, watering, planning, etc.), the start of spring growing also marks the beginning of many contracts. First, it marks a very sacred contract between myself and the plants. Once these seeds are pressed into soil and watered, I feel an incredible duty to ensure they are well taken care of and encouraged towards their full potential. It also marks the beginning of many contracts between myself and all of my amazing Veggie Box Members. Seeding new plants is kind of like making a down payment toward a fruitful season. I have to carefully account for what I've seeded, how, and when in order to ensure a successful and satisfying season for all of the farm's members.