Plan, Act, Reflect, Dream: Our Farm’s Journey

Many of you know that Three Part Harmony Farm was designed and planned out during a series of workshops that were prepared for me and a small group of friends that made up a dream accountability project over the course of several months in 2011. The first assignment I was given was to draw a picture of the farm in the year 2015. The second assignment was to journal on a series of questions, including “What are the things you see?” “What do you smell?” “Who is with you at the farm?” “What does the farm look like?” I then carried out the plan backwards, from the end to the beginning and set about arriving at the goal by following the dream.

Our before and after photos in Brookland show how closely we’ve been sticking to that plan. They also show a spiritual, healing space, a vibrant ecosystem that is far beyond my wildest dreams.

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May 2012: the first tilling revealed a kind of desert wasteland! There were no worms. We couldn’t afford to put compost in the whole field so we made wide aisles and only improved the soil where the vegetables were planted. oh the dust!

In two years we improved the soils enough to grow year round. This white russian kale grown from seed we saved in 2013 was harvested in March and April for our first spring CSA this year.

In two years we improved the soils enough to grow year round. This white russian kale grown from seed we saved in 2013 was harvested in March and April for our first spring CSA this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last month, as we planted rows of blueberries and lilacs in between the vegetable beds, I commented that the plan was coming to fruition- the design is exactly the same one I drew in that first workshop. Thank you AW and all of the poddies! Your love and support continues to bear fruit (and flowers, and vegetables, and herbs, and even peaceful quietude among the butterflies.)