*If you have any pictures from the day, please send them to me and I will post them on our blog.
As I sit in bed typing this post, I see Cedar laying on her bed in the corner of the room completely passed out. I feel her exhaustion and I am sure those who were at the famr yesterday (and today!) are feeling it too. Some of you are even lucky enough to ease your aches and pains with medication!
Yesterday, with the overwhleming support of family and friends, we turned an acre and a half of conventional farm land into the beginnings of a organic blueberry farm. You came with shovels, gloves, and a willingness to work. You planted over 1,000 two-year old blueberry plants in the soil. With each bucket of peat, shake of sulfur, hole dug, bucket carried, and plant placed in the ground, you gave a bit of yourself, a bit of your love. We felt it, immensely, and so did the plants. College students, an 11-year old's birthday party, friends, friends of friends, family, family of family, colleagues, students, and supporters - all of you were there giving a piece of yourself to us and our farm. We joked later that the last time we felt this kind of support from this many people was at our wedding! In some ways, they were very similar. Those of you who weren't able to be there, we know you were sending all of your positive energy our way. How else could Aaron and I have started work at 7am and worked in the field until 5pm (Aaron and our friend Ben worked till 9pm).
Many of our farm experiences seem to parallel having a baby - appropriate, eh? All of the preperation for this day, the planting day - reading books, talking to experts, communicating our wants and needs, seeking support from family and friends, purchasing the right tools, etc. Yesterday, the farm was born - the plants are here and they are in the ground. Now, we need to take care of them for the rest of their lives. We will feed them, care for them, make them comfrotable, protect them, and give them all the love we can possibly give. We know you will too.
Thank you doesn't seem strong enough but it will have to do for now. So, thank you to all of you who came to help. Your labor of love will produce small, nourishing, delicious blue bites of joy.