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UPDATE: Victory-Over-the-Virus Farm Report | Over the Fence City Farm


The farm waking up. (Spring 2020)

Seems, time flies whenever you’re dwelling in quarantine, or as my good friend Doug refers to it, “the Covidian period.”

It’s been six weeks since my final put up. I’ve tried to jot down at the least a dozen instances, however I simply can’t appear to focus. I hear that loads nowadays from buddies who write for a dwelling.

Whereas I haven’t been running a blog, I’ve been busy. My daughter and I’ve led one other 5 lunch and study periods for teenagers (you’ll be able to see all of them archived on our new YouTube channel). The farm appeared in two native information tales about elevated curiosity in native meals and gardening in response to the pandemic. We additionally wrapped up one other profitable Pollinator Lovers’ Plant Sale, gave away tomato and pepper seedlings to households in want, and bought 2 dozen Victory-Over-the-Virus Backyard packing containers out into the world together with video tutorials to these gardeners with recommendation on planting, fertilizing, and harvesting.

All of this has helped maintain me distracted, feeling like I’ve been doing “one thing,” at a time when so many people, don’t know what to do. However I don’t really feel the identical sustained power I normally do from my efforts. I nonetheless wake questioning how lengthy the virus will plague us and the way our society will look, really feel, and function as soon as when and if we get it underneath management. How will this expertise change us long run? So, I’m just about again the place I used to be when, crammed with eco-anxiety and exhausted from years of juggling too many obligations, I made a decision to take the season off and replicate on the previous and plan for the longer term.

I’m again to considering the work I do on the farm is necessary and making a distinction (in some small means) in my neighborhood however questioning, is it sufficient? Is there extra I can do? What extra might this challenge be if I targeted on it full-time? Or at the least extra of the time? What would I’ve to surrender so as to make that occur? What may I acquire? And would that be well worth the trade-offs?

I’ve learn Ram Dass and know that, at the least for now, all we will do is concentrate on in the present day. And in some ways in which’s the lesson the backyard at all times teaches us. Time and again in a lot of other ways. Nevertheless it additionally requires planning, as a result of it takes time to develop issues. Like change takes time. And our lives are going to be modified because of this pandemic. They have already got. So I have to make time to course of that, together with all the opposite sh*t I deliberate to course of this summer time by way of my shimta (sabbatical).

Whereas I’m glad to have the farm to concentrate on when focusing is so onerous, I additionally want to search out methods to let me thoughts wander, to decelerate and work by way of among the questions I’ve been harboring, together with the brand new ones we’re all dealing with. I have to make time to face my fears, moderately than distractedly disguise from them among the many crops. Proper?

I hope you might be all discovering one thing to concentrate on, brief and long term. One thing that provides you pleasure and feeds you, actually and figuratively. If not, at the least we’ve flowers.

Apple blossoms. (Might 2020)

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