As I write this, it has begun to sprinkle outside. The days have been feeling slower; we start our days at 8am now, waiting for sunlight to break the tree line. All of the signs are there – and so we enter this transitional period before we settle into winter. This winter hibernation will be filled with creative pursuits, continued education, companionship, and adventure.
This is the last time I’ll be sending the CSA newsletter to you, and I’ve been feeling particularly nostalgic. The snapdragons and dianthus that used to grace our bouquets, the poppies that once covered the field, and the seemingly endless beds of radishes are gone. When I shared that newsletter on tips and tricks for bouquets, one of the things that Rebecca remarked to me was that so much of the beauty of these flowers is that they are ephemeral. And like the beds of radishes and the bright red field poppies, they, too, must rest.
Our time for rest has come, and we’re all looking forward to new and old things!
Willow, Davis, and fluffy pup Nali will be going back to their home state of North Carolina this winter. Willow is looking forward to crafting, our farm planning class, and time to put towards other artistic endeavors. Davis is looking forward to finishing building their van and seeing family.
Jeremy will spend some time in his van with his buddy Doc, but will be returning to Persephone to continue as our crew leader for another season! He’s looking forward to relaxing, playing music, and generally having a good time.
Angie will also be coming back to Persephone for another season! She’s looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation, as well as our Farm Planning class! She’ll be spending some time with her family in Idaho for the winter but ultimately end up here next spring once again with her pup, Lily.
It’s me, Caitlin! I’ll be back for another season of learning and growing here at Persephone as well! I’m looking forward to spending my winter days in Colorado with family. I’ll spend most of my time climbing, camping, canyoneering, and gettin’ cozy with my Eliot Coleman books in preparation for our farm planning class. I’m excited to see some of you folks again next year!
And so the season must come to an end. It has been such a pleasure seeing you all and bringing good food to you. On the farm, we talk a lot about how meaningful work can truly alter your understanding of the world around you. In a time where it can be so easy to fall into the trap of despair, with every CSA harvest, we become further confident that we are making change in the world, and creating meaning in our own lives. Through wildfire smoke and days both hot and rainy, it has been a life-giving experience to share our harvest with you.
We look forward to seeing some of you next season and hope that your winter is full of good food, good company, and overall bliss.
Thanks for a great season!