Dear All of Us,
Farm News at the end of this blog.
The most important thing that I want you to know is that this farmer is with you. These have been disturbing days. And when disturbing days come, we all need each other-lots. So, I want you know that I’m thinking of you, my family, my neighbors and maybe the bicyclist that I passed on my own bike ride today. (Just a casual flip of each of our hands, but even so, a kind of joining happened). I believe that all of us are deeply upset by what occurred and what could have transpired this past Wednesday. Many people, including myself, saw months ago that something big was going to happen on Trump’s way out the door. We just couldn’t quite visualize exactly what it could be. Now we can. I am disgusted with what he orchestrated, as I assume many of you are. And having said that, will leave that subject more to the eloquent people who write for both The Atlantic, NYT, Washington Post and The New Yorker. But I am thoroughly horrified and disgusted by how the guy, who has exactly 20 more sleeps in the WH before “retiring” to Florida, has acted. I hope the newly configured Senate will impeach and find him guilty, making it impossible for him to ever hold office again. That’s the beginning of “making American great again”.
I am haunted by one very singular and horrifying fact: If it were POC that had tried the same thing as those MAGA people- they’d be dead by now. No, there wouldn’t have been any crossed signals between the authorities about when to send more muscle to the scene. There’d be no confusion at all because I’m sure that it would have all been worked out ahead of time. Let’s hope that a Blue Ribbon Panel will take this event apart piece by piece and figure out how it will never happened again. Let’s remember what the nation’s capitol looked like before and during the Black Lives Matter protest. There was a preponderance of police and military force all in place. National sites were fortified. Lincoln Memorial for one. And for the most part, that was a peaceful gathering. No one was coming to D.C. to “get Pence”, or anyone for that matter. These protestors were looking for equity in the American system. But that didn’t stop an overwhelming and inappropriate show of force. And let’s not forget how the Attorney General cleared an area of protestors by St. John’s Church, so that Trump could have a photo opt of holding a bible (upside down!).
There are those amongst us who sincerely believe that the Dominion voting machines were rigged. And they also believed that Trump won the election by “a landslide”. And even more puzzling is their belief in QAnon. No proof, none, nada will convince these people otherwise. One doesn’t have to look to the “liberal press” to confirm that this is utter nonsense. No court (and we’re also talking the Supreme Court, with 3 Trump appointees) saw even a minutiae of proof from Trump’s assembly of lawyers. If I was one of Trump’s lawyers, I’d be mortified to go to court with what they had (nothing).
What do we do with all this? Big unanswered question! First off, let’s make sure that the newly Democratic Senate reverses as many horrible Trump decisions as possible in the quickest amount of time. I’m 100% behind President-elect Biden issuing as many executive orders to retract all of Trump’s missteps. Additionally, we must recognize that of the 74 million who voted for Trump and are still in his camp after all this-many of them sincerely believe all of Trump’s rhetoric. They aren’t bad people. Many of them are as wonderful as they get. Its those others,; the bigots, the racist, the homophobes, those Proud Boys and others of their ilk. These people are laced with a thorough hate , a hate that must be overcome. We’ll see what develops, but I’d like to put my pitch in-“love conquers all”. It just might work. And, with some hard work on all of our parts it might be in our lifetime.
We’re off to an amazing farm start so far. There’s new baby plants starting everywhere. It would be true that our inventory is a bit on the shorter side right now-but still its January and we’re offering freshly picked greens. And sweet too. Sweeter than virtually everything-except maple syrup! January 29th is approaching. This magic day is the moment when photosynthesis starts to really remember what its suppose to do. Its the time of year when the day has over 10 hours of dayligt. Up until now, growth has been so very slow that its almost impossible to perceive. You’ll see. I’m looking forward to this pivotal day.
Meanwhile, we’re going to be planting tomato seeds this week. And so begins another season of our beautiful relationship with this glorious fruit. Astoundingly, from start to finish, its almost a 10 month event. Think on that.
Please stay well and safe. Meet your friends outside. Buy some wood, get a fire ring. It’ll work. And its much better than the alternatives.