a little bit of earth

March 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s official.  The farm sign went up – albeit a little late.  I made my list of projects I hoped to accomplish this year – one per month – and this was January’s.  I moved February’s to August so now I’m back on track!

It was a group effort on this project.  My mother did the original artwork; Tim did the lettering and did not give up on getting the post set in the pahoehoe lava;  Joseph, a new member of our ohana, weed whipped the hill – no small feat.  Lastly, I created the planting bed and set four new squash plants in the ground.  As I worked, I chatted with neighbors who were walking up the hill and they were so happy to learn that it was not another for sale or bank sign going up.  “Nope,” I said.  “We’re here to stay.”

Then, I stood back and admired our handiwork and realized that this hand-painted, simple piece of wood seemed to say, “This is where you belong. This farm will be a slow and steady progression, fraught with challenges and frustrations, but there will be beautiful moments.  Celebrate the not-so-simple task of growing and raising your own food, return to a way of life that is both sustainable and joyful, and invest in your own wellness and beauty.”  Who knew a sign could say so much.

I am open to the possibilities.  I will work on cultivating my patience and remind myself that things take time.  I will enjoy the beauty of this “diamond-in-the-rough” and look forward to what we will accomplish in the upcoming year.  Along the way, I’ll share our little piece of earth – Luana Farm.  I think a few recipes and garden ideas might be fun.  I have lots of skin care recipes that you might enjoy trying.  Making cheese is easier than you think.  And maybe we’ll try our hand at goat’s milk soap.  But first, I’m going to tackle the art of upholstery – the world’s ugliest chair is my March project.  I might be brave enough to document and share the experience.

A hui hou!

Karen

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