Our Garden Blooms in Winter
We have been less active in the garden since then; planting a few winter crops, cleaning up after the marauding raccoons that visit nightly, pausing to reflect on how to move forward in the new year. I am partial to the pausing just now; maybe sitting on the beautiful bench Greg Marquez built for us and savoring the riotous splendor of the culmination of labor, community, and nature. The bench is a perfect vantage point to regain perspective, recharge the weary body, and retrieve the sense of beauty and wonder often lost in the shuffle of daily life.
Rev. Tera Little of Throop Church emailed me this tangible bit of evidence of the impact of the garden:
“Each week Nancy and I notice more and more people choosing to stroll through the garden, often with a little one in tow. They walk slowly, taking a look at all the lush plantings, reaching out to touch an eggplant, a basil leaf. The moms (so far I've just seen moms) talk to their child about what is growing, how things grow. Sometimes they will take a break on the bench, breathe in and look around. Nancy and I love to watch these journeys through the garden…”
Thanks to all who helped make this manifest.
— January Nordman