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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

Photo credit: Campbell Sullivan

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

Photo credit: Libby Robinette

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.

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John-Michael Elmore

John-Michael Elmore is the garden manager at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. He is no stranger to the WVC farm as he completed a year-long internship back in 2015. Prior to his internship, he worked for Indiana State University Credit Union for eight years. He returned to the WVC farm in the spring of 2020 after spending five years traveling, blogging, volunteering and working on organic farms around the country with his wife, Tara. John-Michael has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Indiana State University. He is from Terre Haute, Indiana.

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