The clear skies, warm, sunny days have seamlessly merged into sleepy, overcast, drizzly days. For many, it may be that the carefree spirit of summer is over and “real life” begins again. It would seem to be gloomy news, but here at the farm, I feel quite the opposite. Now, the sudden burst of sun through the rare opening in the sky offers the most magical dazzle of color all around, reflecting in the red-orange trees, the young grasses, and freshly mulched garden beds. The rain brings a feeling of a second spring, where berries, herbs and weeds give a final spurt of productivity. I especially appreciate the quiet mornings after the routinely hustle bustle of outward summer life; we can now regain our center to reflect and create. This is the result of living with the seasons. As Mother Earth prepares to embrace the winter, she becomes more dormant; we too are in harmony and follow her lead.
Our farm is going into rejuvenation phase: we are layering the manure and wood chip mulch onto the garden beds; the early sunset gives us time to be indoors in the evening to focus on herbal products, knitting, crocheting, spinning, and all the things we love to do but never had the time in the summer; the chickens are molting, putting on new feathers in preparation for the winter; a few building projects are underway, including a goat shed, a bungalow, and eventually a dedicated temple (still in the planning stages); we are attending classes and gathering knowledge in anticipation of another growing season. Sharon, recently completed a five day training at the Seed Academy at Seven Seeds Farm. Zach, Hailey and I are a part of the Raja Yoga classes at the Bothell Ananda Temple. Stanley took an eye-opening trip to visit Ithaca College. Dakshina is taking spiritual counseling class and has become an active participant of the yoga classes offered on Camano Island led by Sharon. We have all branched out to share our experiences with one another. Also, the farm team has launched into Tuesday satsangs with our spiritual guide Hriman, giving us inspiration and bliss to carry with us throughout the week.
The potatoes, winter squash, pumpkins, onions, garlic, apples and first small harvest of dry beans are safely stored, to be our main staples for the winter. The cans of apple sauce, pear sauce, plum sauce, tomato sauce and jams, frozen cider and berries, and jars of sauerkraut will keep us nourished and happy. I have never felt so excited to move into the colder wet season.
Enjoy this slideshow that wraps up the season! Bountiful Harvest Season
May everyone stay warm and happy through the beautiful winter!