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Hi John,


The New Year is almost here, and that means seed catalogs are piling up, reminding us that spring planting is coming.  

I’m not itching for spring yet—ski season has just begun and personally, I’m happy to sink into winter’s rhythm before the speed of spring sprouts up.

But I do love seed catalogs, don’t you?

As you start dreaming of what to plant, I’ve put together a little round-up to answer your seed questions:
*And now the personal bit*

As a farmer, I’m reminded constantly that birth, growth and death are dependent on each other.  

That a seed is meant to sprout, leaf out, bloom, and eventually lay back down in the soil as that cycle comes to an end.

As a person, it doesn’t feel as easy.

This holiday season has held the passing of two of my parents’ good friends, both from cancer.  It’s held the news that a friend and mentor in the organic farming community is now in hospice after years of living with cancer.  

And in the swell of loss, the well-intentioned thoughts of “well, they lived a good long life” don’t make any sense.  Because right now, that pain is palpable.

The words that do lift come from our friend now in hospice, who shared one of her family’s favorite poems, below.  

If you’re moving through loss this holiday season, know that you’re held in love.

And when a moment of joy sprouts up, don’t hesitate:


Don’t Hesitate
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

–Mary Oliver


With love,
Kate
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