Today is summer solstice and here in the Northern Hemisphere, we celebrate a dip toward the sun to linger in its rays for longer than any other day of the year. Absolute bliss! The solstice occurs according to scientists because the earth does not spin upright, but leans 23.5 degrees on a tilted axis. Long days of sunlight extend our work hours and fill the evening with incredible light.
On the farm, we feel like the entire month of June is a Solstice day! There is also this crazy farmer phenomena that happens, at least on our farm, in our first hot weather week without fail. Every tractor, pump and vehicle breaks down! Maybe it’s just a weird curse or that farmers like to tinker with older machines that tend to break down a lot or maybe it is just the inherent frenzy of it all.
We are lucky to have Ziggy, who can indeed fix almost anything. I think he would settle for just one day coming to the farm and having everything work smoothly. At this time of the year, water tends to complicate his list as yesterday he had to fix three pumps, one for the fields, one for the greenhouse and a third for the winter squash over at Carnation Farm.
Emily is continuing on her path of re-vitalizing our processing and packing station as she is so adept at food safety and Gap Certification. We are so happy to have her daily expertise and energy. She mimics the honey bees on the farm − very busy, very happy and lovely to be with!
As many of you know, the current situation for migrants coming across the border in which anguished children are separated from their parents is appalling and under no decent human circumstances allowable. We will continue to value the lives of all those seeking a better life and fight for their justice.
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