It’s harder to accept the singsong justification for crappy weather – “April showers bring May flowers” – when you’re still experiencing temperatures in the 20s and your poor soil just wants to dry out a little.
This past weekend, when checking the weather forecast for our first Spring Workday on the farm, it was a little disheartening to see that it was going to feel more like early Winter than Spring.
But when our volunteers and farm partners began showing up (many of them driving and riding the train all the way up from NYC) despite the rain, I knew it was going to be a fantastic day.
And it was, better than we could have planned for.
Some old and new CSA members, as well as our youth intern Harley, from the Wassaic area were the first to arrive and get started on marking out and raking freshly tilled beds in our potato field!
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement crew from NYC were the next to arrive, carrying food, tools and precious cargo in the form of a five-foot-one, 82-year old inspiration: Mama Iya Olatunji. She shared stories and wisdom around the table as people came in to warm up over tea or take breaks from bed prepping in the field.
Asantewaa from the Community Vision Council arrived by train and got straight to work helping cook lunch for everyone in the kitchen, while more supporters from NYC showed up and helped out in the field.
We wanted to experiment with having monthly workdays as a way to get our CSA members more involved, but also to provide more frequent opportunities for visits to the farm from our partner groups, friends and supporters in the City.
The experimental first day proved to be a great way to build community and weave together a beautiful, diverse and inter-generational group for shared wisdom, shared love of the earth and good eatin’.
Squeezing 20 people into our tiny house for lunch, with everyone laughing and filling up on sweet potato fries and cabbage, was so cozy and warm that I forgot all about the lack of sunshine.
Over here on rainy days, we grow community. 🙂