This post could also be named "rejoining the world." Our first growing season felt like a great success in most ways. People were fed. We were (and continue to be) fed. No major injuries occurred. A healthy baby was born and accompanied us on harvests and box deliveries. Our produce was well-received.
Once November rolled around, the last scraggly tomato plants were pulled from the field, and the cover crop seeds landed on the soil just before a good rain, I found myself unsurprisingly exhausted. There is not enough time over a California winter, I find, to do nearly enough of any of the following: catch up on sleep, catch up with friends, plan for the coming farm season, knit by the woodstove, bake cookies, refresh the imagination, do nothing. There are upsides to this: the potential of a year-round growing season, the arrival of sweet-smelling warm days in January, early greens and late tomatoes.
So, I have just emerged from a short winter of burying my face in spreadsheets and spending time with an ever-cuter but also more demanding baby. There is still lots of planning to be done (it never ends, really), but soon the focus will be on getting seeds in the greenhouse and plants in the ground.
What to expect from us in the coming weeks: Information on the 2015 CSA program, upcoming work parties and events, more frequent blog posts with stories of late winter and spring, and lots of pictures of green shoots, misty mornings, and possibly (probably) babies in the field.