Springtime

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by Paul Muller of There is an infusion of springtime powering the life force of bees, goats, people and plants intent upon being fully alive in spring-moment. Full Belly Farm this week is alive with color and bursting with flowers everywhere. There are fields of bright yellow mustard, white sprays of arugula flowers, swaths of crimson clover, pointy multi-mawed snapdragons, delicate fragrant sweet peas, royal blue iris, rows of raucous ranunculus, clusters of white apple blooms, fresh new shades of green, redolent explosions of fragrant citrus orange blossom specials, and tasty pineapple guava flowers with their thick snow white petals all shouting color for attention. What did the bee say to the flower? “Hey bud, what time do you open?” And the flower seductively responds with a tempting show of fragrance and color.

Springtime is new energy and renewal. The mad probing of bee in flower might be likened to the sideways twisting bounce of a baby goat, the song of a migrating songbird, the hammering of a woodpecker at dawn, or the farmer impulse to plant, transplant, water, till and nurture seed into seedling to ripe tomato or melon. This season is different somehow than the cultivation of winter greens, and the sleepier slide of winter’s short days. In springtime, effort and labor begets full fruiting in pretty short order. Today’s stewarding becomes our nectar – sweet peach, sweet corn and the blossoming of summer garden. Lengthening days drive an impulse that is exciting. I used to think that it was the trick of spring to stimulate our drive through more sunshine, but these days it is more the participation with flowers and fragrance and the hum of a symphony of life awakening that brings satisfaction and the need to get going.

Each moment of spring effort offers an opportunity to try to capture the moment – to realize a winter idea, or a previously laid plan for early April, or to try it again next year. We learn each season, trying to build upon the experimentation and lessons gleaned from the last year. The goal in all of this effort and spring vigor is to balance production with the stewardship of health and life on this small place. We are still discovering and being seduced by color, fragrance, daylight and songbird, joining our impulses with the wonderful energy of life renewed in April springtime. Thank you for participating in our journey.

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