CSA Newsletter 6/5 – Happy Plants, Happy Cats, Happy People
On the farm, we observe plants, interpreting what they need to help them thrive in their environment. If they require more water, we double water them. If they are more prone to pests, we cover them in remay (a light fabric that lets water and sunlight through) for a layer of protection.
Then when I get home, I observe my cat, interpreting what she needs to help her thrive. Plants are kind of like cats. They both practice a somewhat routine schedule of watering and maintenance. They will let you know when they need water or food. They both seek out the sun, moving and growing towards where they can soak up all that good energy. Plants, like cats, are somewhat self-sufficient, keeping to themselves as they intake the nutrients around them. Both enhance my daily life!
I sometimes find it helpful to simplify the things we do here on the farm, when tasks begin to feel overwhelming, or an endeavor seems to be too layered. It is nice to remind myself that all of this is a culmination of seed, soil, sun, water — and obviously a lot of hard-working people. But in its origin, everything is built upon the ability of this seed to interact with its surrounding and grow into food. So in conclusion: the plants are growing, my cat is happy, and we should all enjoy a nice meal! Happy CSA-ing!