Clean Up

This time of year always seems to sneak up on me.  Some days I feel like summer is never going to end and I will forever and always have piles of picked vegetables staring up at me, waiting to be preserved.  Then it happens.  I wake up one morning and the air is crisp and cool, bringing promises of shorter days and lower temperatures!


I spent this morning trying to clean up part of my summer garden.


It was done with satisfaction.  Satisfaction knowing the plants I was pulling up produced well.  Knowing I had preserved lots of food for the next 6-8 months.  Feeling accomplished and remembering I grew a very successful garden while continuing to be an inventory manager at Polyface, a new wife, and a mother to this little man. 🙂  I sure didn’t know if I could do it all when the season started!

(Photo Credit Jean Shutt)

(Photo Credit Jean Shutt)

So here comes an end to another season.  I am grateful for all the summer has held, the good things and the challenges.  Let the leaves start falling!

What is the one thing about your summer you will always remember?


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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.
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2 Responses to Clean Up

  1. What a cheeky little photo of that little man.

  2. farmmom says:

    The one thing I remember about this summer is that we endured 2 floods. One took all the meat birds out, the other was just a nuisance to clean up after, and yet we are thankful that everyone is safe, the cattle are bred and there is food for the winter. Bring on fall – I am sooo ready for it.