“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”~Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we celebrate MLK Day, I want to offer you a seed of joy.
I know there are so many reasons to feel otherwise. Climate change and food insecurity alone — both of which are social justice issues as much as they are environmental and health issues — are enough to make one feel defeated. But when it all begins to overwhelm me, when I start to doubt my ability to make a difference, I turn to seeds.
Food isn’t the only benefit of farming.
Seeing the literal transformation of one seed from a little speck to a seedling to a vegetable, to a flower, and finally from flower to a new generation of seeds; I’m reminded that all great things start small.
The fact that one tomato seed can turn into hundreds of pounds of tomatoes reminds me that every act we take matters. That every act we take can be a seed in itself; one that turns to joy, to love, to positive change.
There is so much good in this world.
And there is so much more good that can be grown — by a seed, an act, a determination to keep showing up.
We may not be able to sequester all the carbon from the atmosphere, but we can grow on this hillside in a way that builds organic matter and pulls carbon into the soil.
We may not be able to feed every hungry person, but we can work with organizations like NOFA-VT to offer subsidized Farm Shares, and donate vegetables to the Worcester Food Shelf.
We can plant these seeds, show up every week and deliver you food, and do it in a way that is great. In a way that ties into the good work that so many others are doing. In a way that sparks a bit more joy.
However you’re spending MLK day, may you remember that you can plant seeds, too.
Be they literal or metaphorical, we can all do small things in great ways. Thank you for the great things you do. We’re so grateful to be connected.
In Good Heart,
Kate & Edge
This Week’s Winter Harvest:
- Choice of Mesclun or Pea Shoots
- Choice of frozen Pesto or Roasted Tomatoes
- Micro herbs
- Choice of Hakurei turnips or Bull’s Blood Beet Greens (they’re red!)
- Root choice:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Daikon Radish
Sautéed Beet Greens w/Garlic & Olive Oil
Creamy Turnip Soup