Like many people this time of year, we’ve also been preparing for gift-giving. The pressure of finding the perfect gift can be stressful, but also joyful. We do a lot of farm-based & homemade gifts, and ultimately I love giving gifts from the heart. I also love the holiday tradition of reaching out to connect with people we love; to be with them and see how they’re doing, through cards and visits. Even though I love it, the time leading up to Christmas can sometimes feel like a whirlwind.
People often ask, “what do you do in the winter?” as if maybe we get to sit around & twiddle our thumbs. It can actually be quite busy, just with different types of things than we do in summer. It’s a time of planning for the new year, setting up new systems, completing building projects that fell by the wayside during the growing season. This year, a new greenhouse with a naturally-built rocket mass heater (a very efficient type of wood stove), as well as completing the packing shed. We have a high tunnel filled with greens, and winter carrots in the field. We’ll go to a few winter markets, and then there are farm conferences and trainings. Animals still need to be taken care of. We order seeds & plan the veggie crops. This year, we’re also ordering fruit & nut trees for a permaculture plot for the field next to our house. Winter is full! Even in January, we start seeds in the greenhouse for the beginning of the growing season.
As you prepare for whatever holiday traditions you love the most, may you be filled with joy & gratitude for the abundance in your life, and find the peace & stillness of winter.
Farm-based reflection retreats:
Retreats will be:
Sunday, February 22—Seed/Sprout
Sunday, April 26—Growth/Bud
Thursday, September 3—Flower/Fruit
Thursday, November 5—Harvest/Compost
I’ll be sending an email with more information, so let me know if you want to be on that list. I look forward to sharing these special days of reflection.