Saturday, June 18, 2011

Welcome Bob and Chris!

Lots of good stuff going on here at Green Light Farm! We're happy to announce that our two interns, Bob and Chris, arrived a couple weeks ago!

Bob (left) is from Rhode Island, and Chris (right) is from New Jersey. They'll be here with us through September, and we are sure glad for their help! I'm especially excited that they both love gardening. They're a huge blessing to us. It's amazing to me how much work 4 strong men can get done in one day!!

A couple weeks ago we had the joy of seeing this beautiful double rainbow! It both started and ended on our farm. Quite lovely.

We're enjoying the full, busy days on the farm. So many things to do! This past Thursday we processed, cut up, and packaged over 400 chickens in 6 hours. We were thrilled to get all that work done so quickly (of course, Bob, Chris and the rest of the team had a lot to do with that)!

Today I planted some basil and lettuce starts, pulled lots of weeds, and made a big grilled chicken salad for lunch. I'm truly enjoying these sunny days where I can hang the laundry out on the line-- something wonderful happens to clean laundry that's dried in the sun! It's so crisp and fresh! *sigh*

I'm currently sipping iced tea and contemplating the house work I need to do! Better get started. There's always something to do around here :)

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Saying Goodbye (for now)

Last Wednesday I received the sad news that my Grandpa was being admitted to Hospice for congestive heart failure.

"Come soon if you want a chance to say goodbye." the Hospice Nurse warned.  My heart cried.

I'm a little over thirty years old and this is the first time that I have had to deal with losing a grandparent. My grandmothers (both sides) died when I was an infant, so I never had to face the pain of losing them.  Both of my grandfathers remarried wonderful women and I was blessed to be adopted by them as a granddaughter.

My Mom and I flew to Florida on Friday morning of last week, praying the whole way that he would know us. The nurses had told us that he was confused and sometimes didn't know anyone at all. We arrived without much expectation, but wanting to be there for his last days.

I count myself blessed to be related to such a kind, gentle man as my Grandpa.  When we arrived, he looked at us and smiled so big, I cried.  He reached over and lightly pulled us both close and was barely able to whisper the words, "I love you." and "Ah, my girls." We smothered him with kisses and held him close.
Grandpa and Me - December 2008

We spent all day and night that Friday with him. Soothing him when he was troubled and holding his hands.  I think that we were more blessed than he was.  We were able to tell him how much he meant to us and give only a small gesture of how much we loved him.  He was so weak, that talking was difficult so we used touch to convey our thoughts and love.  He's been hard of hearing for as long as I can remember, so I'm not sure how much he heard us say, but I do know that he caught our meaning by the sparkle in his blue eyes.

By Saturday, he was drifting away from this earth, caught somewhere in between here and heaven.  He lost all recognition of us and my Grandma and slept most of the time. I flew back home Saturday evening leaving my Mom to watch over him till the end.

Tuesday afternoon of this week, Grandpa passed through heaven's gate.  The parting is bittersweet.  There are moments when I ache from missing him and other moments when the joy that he is experiencing now come to mind.

Because of my and his relationship with Jesus Christ, I know that I will see him again. So while I had to say Goodbye for here on earth, I'm confident that it won't be Goodbye for long, only for now until I see him again.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Grandpa has entered the Everlasting Life of peace.  It's comforting to picture him there with my Savior waiting for me.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

River relief and gardening

Last weeks heat wave brought an incredible appreciation for our river. It is beyond refreshing to take a dip in between chores. The humidity is so powerful, reminds me of my infared sauna days in California. How delicious it is to have layers of fog in the early morning only to burn off later in the morning. The early blanket of fog gives us time some mornings to work in the hoop house weeding and thinning. Our corn and tomatoes  are coming in strong. We've been munching on cucumbers from the hoop house all week.  The garden is providing us with peas, onions, kale, chard, summer squash, a bit of lettuce, 
and some basil. Potatoes are nearly ready for harvest. I'm craving beets and carrots. We didn't get very good germination for our carrots due to the wet spring and our clay soil. I love juicing beets, carrots and cucumbers. Next year I will get many more beets in sooner and be sure to mark my "save" seed correctly. Looks like I confused beet seeds with chard which is not hard to do when you save as many seeds as I do. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Discussion for Made from Scratch - part 2

We're continuing our discussion on Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich. Jump in whenever you would like!


Jenna says in her preface, "The work in this book isn't about playing farmer, it's about being more responsible for the tasks we've become numb to." Is it a boon to us that food is available all seasons of the year, or that television clicks on immediately at the touch of a button?

What are you taking more responsibility for in your life?

Are there things that you are "taking back" so to speak and simplifying?

Are there things that you want to take back but haven't figured out how to do it yet?
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