Farmers must power through whatever Mother Nature dishes out
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”Thich Nhat Hanh
December and January were relatively mild by midwest winter standards. Alas, February is refusing to conspire with the other winter months, and truly cold weather has arrived. At the White Violet Center farm it’s a good time to take on indoor projects like cleaning and building greenhouse equipment, fixing tools and planning the coming growing season. Time is also spent working with alpaca fiber and winnowing seeds.
Winter can be a time for quiet reflection
Life slows down. It’s peaceful and cozy. Wrapped in warm blankets while sipping a hot drink are great ways to survive this arctic blast. But it’s also a time when farmers have to power through anything Mother Nature has to offer. Our animals still need to be fed and cared for, so everyday, no matter how frigid, our WVC team comprised of staff and interns heads out to brave the elements.
Raise your mug
So, over the next few days, when it seems too cold to be outside for even a moment, remember the farmers and other workers who have to put on as much warm clothing as they can while still being able to move, and slog through the elements to get the job done. Sip a warm drink in their honor.