Early June brings the rapture of Valerian plants in full bloom to the front barn area, and it is the most precious late-evening spot for hanging out with honey bees. The bee bonanza, with their pollen baskets full, bright orangey-yellow, and their buzzing sound are all beautifully intoxicating. Their activity level makes us feel like we are standing still, and they really capture the essence of work until the very last bit of sunlight exists.
As we head into our busiest time, when the world of harvest collides with the world of seeding, transplanting and field prep, high motion and extensive energy is required. Next week, broccoli, lettuces, chard and bok choy will all come into play. Farming in the Pacific Northwest is not for slackers, that is for sure. There is no concept of 8-5, and weekends off, contrary to recent applicants. We start at 6am and work six days, but if you are Andy, it’s more like 16 hours all days of the week. That is what it takes, and you need to be a species that thrives on this. As many furloughed people are looking to fill the gap, and as much as we would love the help, the reality is that the term part- time farmer doesn’t exist. As many farms in the world do, we need a reliable full-time dedicated crew, and we feel very lucky to have this, masks and all.
I keep photographing our activities with masks on and I know we will look back in sheer amazement, hopefully having survived it all. The simple moment to take a break with the bees and Valerian in the garden is indeed a sense of euphoria, uplifting and rejuvenating our inner worried voices. This moment only asks that we breathe and listen and watch at the joy of nature, and in return it fills us with motivation to finish out the days work and call it good.
We hope you can find a moment of rapture outside as you stay healthy and eat fresh, delicious fruits and veggies.