Green greetings from the bird’s nest. The anticipation and excitement of spring wells in my heart-just waiting to burst open like a red flowering currant. I can feel the pace quicken as the light grows brighter and days grow longer. Laughter flows freely, endless project plans are made, and dreams of summer picnics and outdoor adventures begin to take shape. Our friends the Rufous hummingbirds returned today and the tulips and camellias blossoms opened. Our young bourbon red turkeys did “the deed” for the first time today-or at least that we had shyly witnessed. Love is in the air...The Asian Pear blooms are just about ready to open any day now-the peaches too. The Angelica has been up for awhile now, the valerian and yarrow too. The orris root is getting taller and the poppies beginning to sprout. The late frost we had last month killed all the overwintering calendula, so will need to replant it all-the new starts are already going in the greenhouse and more seed set aside to replant. Hooray for the promise of spring!
I joined our community grange today. Inspired by an article I read in the NY Times about young farmers in Oregon, I decided that I need to become more involved in what goes on outside our fence. An interesting movement (or rather migration?) seems to be happening all around us here and it is honestly quite exciting. I used to belong to the grange and got too busy to commit much time. I also questioned if there would be a feeling of community there-surrounded by large conventional farms, and what seemed to be more conservative thinking. What I have come to realize however, is that we all share a common interest in rural living and a love and connection to the land. They are really busy like I am. They get caught up in the same day to day distractions but see the value in knowing your neighbors-despite differences. What I am learning from others is that if you hold the space, people will come.
The Grange space has been held by generations of farmers all around here. If new folks don’t join we will lose it. It would be sad to lose such a sweet old building as a gathering place for the community tucked into a beautiful, rural setting. I am already dreaming of who I can entice into the fold-for picnics or a contra dance, live music, monthly farmer potlucks and work parties to keep the building in good standing. For more information on your local grange look here: http://www.nationalgrange.org