When you look up the origin of this word, it comes from two Greek words: sun, meaning together, and khronos, meaning time. On our farm, I want to give praise to four astounding folks that make this noun, adjective, and let’s say verb, come alive every day. They’re working in collaboration, in cooperation, in concert to achieve a common aim: growing organic veggies in the midst of so many hardships, challenges and down right exhaustion. Andrew, Emily, Fidencio and Ziggy are so in tune with each other at this time of the year, it is a beautiful sight to see on any given day.
Emily is voraciously tackling with elegance the world of sales and availability, harvest, food safety and COVID safety. Andrew is overseeing much of the big, daily operational issues and is also vigilant in his seeding and crop management, sitting on the tractor for many long hours. Fidencio makes all machines look slow and useless as he moves from hand harvest to cultivation of crops on the Alice G tractor, all the while moving irrigation pipe well into the dark hours. Ziggy has the hard task of navigating all the things that break down—pumps, tractors, trucks—you name it, he has fixed it more than once. Many of us are working hard in between all of their synchronized efforts, and it is truly amazing how much they communicate every day, anticipating the next moves and challenges without even speaking words. This is the beauty of working side-by-side (or 6-feet-apart in the social-distancing world) for years and knowing how each other thinks, acts, moves in relation to the veggies, the crew, weather and the very difficult unknown. We applaud their phenomenal fortitude, love for the land, crops and all that make it home.
A three-year drainage project of laying pipe has come to an end, and, as fate would have it, the very last ditch the hired team made went right through our newly-planted fall/winter kale. Ziggy to the rescue once again. It will take a full day of remedial work to correct this big oversight—this would be an example of the exact opposite of synchronized activity! Luckily on our farm we are surrounded by an amazing workforce that puts quality and safety first not leaving messes for others to clean up. Synchronization is worth its weight in gold.
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