CSA farmer Pat writes today that she is busily reading her seed catalogues and planning this year's vegetable planting. The eternal grounded optimism of people who are connected to the earth is ever so comforting and inspiring to born cynics like me.
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." - Albert Camus
It is zero degrees Fahrenheit today, but I can feel the real world stirring, thanks to Pat.
The time is now to read the CSA contract, and to mail our downpayment for our half a working share, and although Herb retired this year and the economy, especially in Slow Motion Katrina'd Genesee County, Michigan is looking like the first hill on a roller coaster to many of us, we can't lose sight of the fact that "this too shall pass" and summer will come, and we need to do something to keep our world, from our backyard to the whole nation, on the right path toward sustainability, community, and good health.
Thanks, Pat, For doing what you do.
Here is a good interview with Ken Meter on local economies and sustainability that I hope you'll watch: