Below is a beautiful Ash Wednesday reflection from our Farm Educator and CSA Coordinator Erynn Smith:
Today we tilled under our first plantings on our new farm in Santa Paula. We moved onto our land at the end of August and planted immediately. That first section held our hard planning work, our hopes for success on our new land, our excitement and big fears, our first major challenge with the Bagrada Bug infestation that wiped out all our brassica plants. It also held our first harvests for your CSA boxes. Our first carrot, lettuce, chard, and beet harvests for Conjeo Valley and Ventura Unified School Districts. It was where we realized we could really do Join the Farm! in Santa Paula. Now we’re done harvesting in that section, have moved on to the next planting that is coming in for harvest, and today tilled the remaining plants back into the soil.
On this Ash Wednesday, the ashes remind me of being of ash, soil, of this rich Earth, to which I will return. I contemplated this as I saw and remembered all that was of our first plantings and saw them return to ash, soil, this rich Earth. Returning, carrying nutrients and richness back into the soil, and carrying our work, love, challenges, and hope.