Spring Farm Reflections
It’s been a whirlwind of activity and energy on the farm this past month and a bit. It’s been both a beautiful thing, as well as a challenge.
First off, it’s amazing to see the land covered in such lush, vibrant colours. If the first signs of green amazed me after winter’s thaw, the landscape’s rich hues now leave me in awe day after day.
May saw plenty of rain showers at the farm. I’m sure our plants, ponds, and duckies were celebrating, but, as someone whose mood is strongly affected by the weather, it could sometimes put a damper on my spirits.
A visit from the sun and the dogs always turn things around though. Olive and Clyde just keep getting more and more loving, and their happy smiles spread infectious joy.
(Photo Credit: Norman Goh)
After a winter of hay, the sheep and Jay are back out to graze in the pastures twice a day. It’s beautiful to see them out there, heads down, stuffing themselves with grass until their bellies are full.
The herd has gained and lost many of their family over the past few months. Some have died soon after birth, others have been sold for consumption, and others yet have fallen ill as adults.
But those who remain seem to accept and adapt, as we all must do living out here on the farm.
Much has been planted in the last few weeks — everything from baby trees to chives, swiss chard, kale, squash, beans, garlic, watermelon, and more.
The harvest is going to be spectacular!
Not only have our plants begun to sprout, but new chicks and ducklings have been born. While we’ve been incubating several eggs for hatching, some of our momma birds have done it all by themselves.
It’s a tough environment to survive in, and some of our little birdies haven’t made it. But our five chick siblings, who have been growing stronger by the day, remind us that you can be both small and mighty.
To be honest, the most challenging thing about springtime for me — aside from the mosquitos, who love me very much — is that it can sometimes feel like there’s a bit too much activity in the air.
For some, the busyness might add to their energy. But as an introvert, I sometimes find myself missing the days when the only thing I could hear on the farm was the crunching of snow underneath my feet.
That being said, there’s definitely more of a community feeling here these days. I’ve had some amazing sleeps in my hammock tent, and shared special moments hanging out with friends around a bonfire.
And now it seems that summer has already taken over. The past couple of days have seen sweltering temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius.
These are days when Clyde digs himself a cool pit in the dirt, and snoozes away the scorching heat in the shade. These are also days when afternoon naps and eating popsicles are essential to a farmer’s continued existence.
With less than a month left at the farm before I head out West, I’m trying to keep grounded and enjoy every last moment here.
When things feel overwhelming, I stop and listen to the birds chirping, the grass swaying in the breeze, the frogs croaking in the pond. I breathe in the fresh air and smells of the rain and trees.
And I look over at Olive and Clyde, who remind me with their smiles that life is so very good.
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