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Firefly Farm’s Village

Have you ever heard the expression “It takes a village”?  It was coined several years ago by Hillary Clinton in reference to raising children.  Now, don’t go down a rabbit hole on how much you love or hate Hillary Clinton and then spin out into a tizzy over the state of modern politics.  That’s divisive and not at all what this is about.  In fact, quite the opposite. I didn’t intend to co-opt her expression, but over the years, I have often caught myself saying, “It takes a village to support a farm”.  And, I think that’s right.  The very young and the very old make their contributions here as well as many others. The young ones come on school field trips with their wonderment and awe, and they renew our spirit every time we work with them.  At the other end of the spectrum, I have an 85-year-old-friend who

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So much to say about Summer 2020

Greetings from Firefly Farm! We have missed seeing friends and neighbors at the farm this year. Hope this note finds you healthy and well.   As you may have noticed, Firefly Farm is not hosting our popular farmers’ markets or retail sales in 2020. This time of adjustment and refocus has provided us the space to reflect on our path over our first five years, wrap up some loose ends, and plan for some exciting projects in the near future.  As members of the local food community, we are leaning toward resilience in the face of difficulty. Firefly Farm remains optimistic and engaged, believing that local food is an essential part of navigating the pandemic and the social and political upheaval that is our time. While Firefly Farm is a little quieter this season, the natural world is alive and well. We are enjoying a small crop of heirloom tomatoes, potatoes,

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On Writing and Growing

So in my undergraduate days, I studied creative writing, amongst other subjects, but to tell the truth, my attempts at poetry were just horrible. I remember one of my professors telling me I just had to put the practice hours in and I would progress, but I never spent the time.  I had not found my voice then and had no idea what I really wanted to say about life. As sad as it sounds, the advent of computers, email, and social media have given me the opportunity to acquire practice hours and I have seen my skills tighten over the years. I no longer have any desire to write poetry and much prefer the wordier nature of prose though, specifically essay writing. Add to that fact, I have really gotten to know myself in the intervening years and my voice feels very authentic now.  The former being a prerequisite

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