As my AmeriCorps Project Conserve service with OGS winds down, I have a lot of fond memories of the food and farm folk I’ve met in the last eleven months. One such opportunity was the Gardens of Fairview Tour in June. The tour has grown beyond a focus on food security to include arts and crafts as well as presentations on community gardening, attracting butterflies, caring for bees, green building and permaculture, and year-round gardening. It’s a shared vision creating community around food and the places in which people grow it. Love it!
This year, we are being hosted at lovely “The Farm”, a beautiful gathering place that hosts many events, but that is also a working farm, with baby chickens to full roosters and hens.
As farmers we are often dealing with the cycles of life and death—the seasons, different types of growing situations, the vicissitudes of weather, etc. For those of us who are integrating animals into our farming systems, the question becomes: how do we consciously and compassionately deal with the cycle of life and death?