December 20, 2016
HAPPY SOLSTICE and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your families!!!
Thank you for your support and friendship of this past year, and here is hope for our continued work together of changing the world-one beet at a time.
What is in the VEGGIE BOX? Green Leaf Lettuce Heads, Butternut, Leeks, Fennel, Napa Cabbage, Red Beets, Frisee and Lemons…and a gift of bay and cayenne peppers to decorate your house and use in soups later.
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Mandarin Oranges, Grapefruit, and Orange
HOLIDAY CSA BOX SPECIAL
The1 box holiday special gift will be delivered today with a tag with the gift recipients name and who it is from-please do not pick a box up unless you ordered one.
6 WEEK HOLIDAY SPECIAL
There is still time to share our half quarter sampling of our CSA program. Starting Jan 17 we will be deliver a CSA veggie box plus a free loaf of bread for 6 weeks for the cost of $100 to new subscribers-and at the midtown drop 6 weeks of free delivery!!!!!!!!
This Week on the Farm
Here it is, the end of a long year full of the most amazing adventures, successes and failures, with challenges and memorable moments awaiting me next year, and visions of the years past, Christmases past, friends past, family and warmth, lights and peace in a midwinter world, fill my mind.
Given where I am sitting this morning, as the sun rises over the Sierras and pours in through the dusty, cobwebby southern windows of our barn office, and the richness and luxurious life that has been mine for the past 66 years, it is no wonder that I am lost in memories, the beautiful memories of how I got here. Today, as I write the last farm newsletter of Year 2016, it is difficult to remember that there is a balance that should be addressed, that all is not glorious, that there have been, and will be, tough times to get through. And I admit to a natural disposition toward the bright side that occasionally embarrasses me, but allows the reverie of the season to fill me. So during this season when we light the candles and the bonfires, or flip the switch on the lights of our traditions to bring festivity and celebration, hope and belief in the future to the darkest of days, the farm and I will be using this special time to rest and recuperate in the sense of peace and beauty, to fill with the gratitude due to all those, living and dead, that have given of themselves to bring us to this moment, and to reflect and rejuvenate in the faith and belief that have served us so well.
We have been privileged to be part of many people’s lives through the one to one contact we maintain in providing food for people. As such, we watch as so many of our friends and acquaintances use their lives to participate in making a better world for their communities, humankind, our world, and all our fellow living beings. As I sit here and remember the examples that I have been privileged to encounter, I realize that to enumerate them would only do disservice to all those that I have just not taken the time to know. But the idea that I first heard from Paul Hawken in……Blessed Unrest I think it was, that without being aware of it we are all engaged in the greatest communal endeavor of mankind, to help in moving toward a better world, has stuck with me. And as I watch young people in our community struggle to make sense of the world, to try to find their place in it, I am aware that without knowing it they are responding to the impulse to that same communal purpose.
Over the weekend, our rural community came together at our yearly celebration of the Solstice at Full Belly Farm. I found myself in conversation with a young woman I have known for a long time. As she related her reaction to the events of 2016, of her desire to respond by enhancing and strengthening her own community and its sustainability in an ever changing world, I responded with my own desire to just let the world go through this time while I do what I do best, contribute in the way in which I am most accustomed and suited, by hunkering down and continuing to care take my farm and my people. But I had to relate information from a recent interview of Ralph Nader. My observational backdrop is that in a life filled with uncertainty and successes amid failures at the highest levels, Ralph Nader has consistently been working at some of the great communal attitude changes of our times. And it was his thought that we need not be overpowered by even the largest events around us. That the feeling of disempowerment, of lack of ability to create change, is a mistaken assumption. That 10 committed persevering people can make a change, or that 100 or 1000 or 10,000 committed, persevering people can create change at the highest level. Whether or not I agree with all he has done, I have to say that I believe his qualifications to make that statement are impeccable. And so while I believe in my right to continue to contribute in the way that I know best, caring for my little corner of the world, I guess that I will pay attention in the best way I know, that someday I’ll hear some far off calling…. Jeff