I am a second generation city dweller. However, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience what life on a farm was like. Every summer when we traveled back to our Ohio roots, a day was spent in the country visiting our family farm that was built in the early 1800's. It was on those visits that I saw what it took to run a farm, take care of the land, the equipment, the livestock, celebrate the food and live with whatever nature sent our way.
Most kids these days don't get to experience the way nature impacts their day and lives, but the kids who work on our farm get to, especially if they show up to our work day events.
This week we hosted a Day Of Service. Many companies volunteered to work on our farm to support volunteerism in our community.
Over 100 adults and kids showed up to move a mountain of wood chips, plant new crops, bring in manure to heat up our compost and to spruce up the farm.
It was a beautiful day and we accomplished so much. Farm values were evident everywhere I turned. From the little ones working together to sort seed pods, to the adults who rolled wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow full of mulch, to the random teen who showed up to find out what was going on and spent the whole day working and contributing to the collective effort, working together and pitching in was the common theme.
Many hands make light work and we are so grateful to all who volunteered their Sunday afternoon on our farm. Thanks so much! You lightened the load.