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Town Farm says a couple nice things about some intensely practical people

Posted 2/15/2013 1:38pm by OONA COY & BEN JAMES.

signHello Friends –

Winter is the time when Oona & I get to attend conferences & workshops and to learn from other farmers about how to improve our soils or run our operation more efficiently. Last year and this year, at every workshop I attended, the various groups of farmers would inevitably end up in a conversation about zones – planting zones – and how they are shifting as the planet warms. ("We've always been a warm Zone 5, but I wouldn't say that anymore.," is the sort of phrase I'll hear again and again.) I witnessed a similar conversation yesterday at a workshop on cover-cropping, and for a moment I was filled with a sort of awe to be present in this moment of profound change, among a group of intensely practical people who are continuing to grow food amidst these changes. Part of dealing with trauma is the act of bearing witness, and the farmers we've been learning from are deep in the thick of it, experiencing these vast, global transitions on a daily, weekly, first-hand basis.

Another way to deal, of course, is to make every effort possible to do something about it. Oona & Silas head off in a bus tomorrow morning for Washington D.C., for what's predicted to be the biggest climate rally ever held. A bunch of other folks from up this way are headed down too. Maybe you'll see them there.

Wiley and I will be at market (followed by Alissa later in the morning). We'll have kale, spinach, salad mix, carrots, garlic, sweet potatoes, and watermelon radishes. Come early for greens.

We hope to see you there!



Hey – also – Hana, our terrific new crew member, is hoping to move down to Northampton from Ashfield with her partner this spring. If you have an apartment, or know of a housing situation that she should look into, please email her. Here's her address. Thanks!