The turning of the seasons

‘Tis the turning of the seasons!

Yesterday (in case you missed it) we celebrated the winter solstice – the shortest day and longest night of the year. The term ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin word ‘solstitium,’ meaning ‘Sun standing still.’ Yesterday, the Sun seemingly stood still at the Tropic of Capricorn before reversing its direction as it reached its southernmost position as seen from Earth. Today the days begin to lengthen, though it will be a while until we can bask in the evening sun again.

As the seasons turn before me, I can’t help but take a moment to reflect on what is turning about (or “turning round right” as the sweet Shaker melody puts it) in the life of The Abundant Table.

It’s been a year filled with some momentous turns for our little nonprofit. We turned over some new soil on land owned by the McGrath Family, as well as experienced a turn in Executive Director leadership this fall– bidding farewell to Amy Grossman and welcoming me to the team. There have also been some surprising and much welcomed turns in the road, namely receiving our first USDA grant. This grant support has enabled us to work with Field Manager Guadalupe Rojas on a full-time basis and invite Sanra Ritten to join us as Coordinator of Sales and Marketing (more about Sanra in forthcoming communications).

As I delve into the dizzying turns that will take me through my own holiday traditions these next few days, I am grateful beyond measure for the cyclic turns in my life, in the life of The Abundant Table and in the life of Mother Earth. The ebb and flow, the intense growth followed a period of letting go, this is what makes our lives so raw, real and beautifully sacred.

As the CSA program takes a two week hiatus, giving our farmers a well deserved rest, may you find the time to sit still like the sun does for a brief moment this time of year, to reflect on what is turning over and turning round right in your life and the lives of those most dear to you.

Light and peace from The Abundant Table during this turning of the seasons.

Nicole Janelle
Executive Director

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