Today was a different kind of day, a special day. The morning started as usual with water, coffee and stevia. I didn’t eat breakfast right away except for the few things I picked from the land. Around mid-morning I realized how hungry I was and came inside and ate 3 eggs with some dried herbs for seasoning. I immediately went back outside to work.
Most of my day was spent in the garage organizing and cleaning. Two of our crew worked outside, mostly around the house, cleaning up, doing needed chores and finishing the lorena stove. Two others, my sister and wife, spent the day cleaning the house and preparing for the big night ahead.
We had a great surprise of two friends from church coming to help give us back a working toilet and sink that have been out of commission for months. We still have a lot of work to do to make our plumbing completely workable again. A long story short, bad pipes, bad toilets and hardwood bathrooms don’t work well together. We are in the process of having to restore all 3 bathrooms. This has made living tight and close to say the least.
For lunch I ate edamame beans, green beans, potatoes, arugula, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, and onions. I drank water before going back outside to make everything ready.
Tonight, was a special night. Tonight was not about self-sufficiency; it was about community. Tonight, New Earth Farm & Goods hosted Young Farmer’s Night, put on by the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society: http://nebsusag.org. We hosted 28 people on our farm for a potluck dinner and farm tour. Everybody brought something to eat; I ate almost everything. The lineup consisted of raw milk, 3 types of organic cornbread-red, blue, and yellow, corn casserole, cranberry pear crisp, cookies, watermelon, grapes, hibiscus/roselle/moringa/agave tea, apple cider, zucchini bread, garlicky bread, white bread, cucumber water, corn mushrooms (smut), and crock pot ratatouille with tomatoes and squash. We provided the roasted lamb with horseradish and a few other things. It was a great night to eat, fellowship and show people the farm!
I really believe that self-sufficiency by, and in of, itself is a false vision of the world, given to self-achievement, ego and isolation. Food and farming in community and builds into people is a much better approach. Modern day farms are getting larger and larger with less and less accountability. Growing food and sharing together from what we have is the best way. The best way is growing together. This is the hope of our farm, living, learning, and working daily, praying, serving the land and people, together, in hopes of a better future, creating a better world than the bleak one that surrounds us on every side, both in Papillion, Omaha and beyond. A small pebble has been dropped in the water; the ripple has begun.