I love working from home. It’s truly wonderful. Sometimes it even feels like a luxury. No commuting! I look forward to creating an effective boundary between work ,play, and rest this season. There’s always something that needs to be done on a farm and during the season the list gets longer. When do we clockout?
This year I intend to create a more suitable schedule so that I can stay balanced, rested, and contained. Now that I have a sense of how things unfold on the farm, I intend to manifest time to regroup. Our day begins at dawn and is over at dusk, doesn’t it make sense to take a siesta in the middle of the day, perhaps after eating lunch? Did you know that your adrenal glands are at the lowest at 3:45 p.m.? A lot of people reach for caffeine about that time for a quick pick up. How bout a siesta instead? It could be the perfect time to nap, read, meditate (really), take a dip in the river, breathe. Sometimes just doing nothing, sitting silently restores my attitude. Breathe! Full deep belly breaths in and out.
Cultivating a healthy balance is part of this season’s agenda. After all, I got into this work to create a lifestyle that speaks to me not only on a nutritional level but on all levels that restore the body, mind, and soul.
This weekend it poured. Abundance of rain fell on the farm. I love weeding in the garden on rainy days. Those buggers just pop out of the ground without any assertion. The weeds go to the baby chicks in the brooder. They find all sorts of goodies in the dirt and it’s one way to reuse our abundant resources. Another great reason to be in the garden while it’s raining is to watch water patterns and work accordingly to keep it flowing. Our garden is on a slope and this means we need to work with the water flow, not against it. So we created a drainage channel. We don’t want our potatoes rotting in water.
I grew asparagus from seed LAST YEAR, and they are popping up THIS YEAR. We aren’t waiting 3 years to eat asparagus!!! A success! A yummy success. This is also our first year with strawberries in our garden. We started them in pots last year and then transplanted them into the garden. We fertilized them this weekend with chicken manure from last year’s brooder. Raising 4000 broilers leaves us with excellent fertilizer.
Each week I’m committed to trying a new recipe so that I can whip up recipes this season for apprentices. This week I took a recipe from , “Full Moon Feast.” This is a fantastic cookbook. Asparagus Frittata with cheese and 5 pasture raised eggs. A touch of nutmeg, and a sprinkle of dulse flakes made all the difference in this frittata. Yum! If you’re a Sally Fallon fan you will love this cookbook.