American woodcock Photo credit: Dave Smith, Flickr
We have all reacted in varying ways to this pandemic. Some have found that writing has helped them process the events of the past year, and have gifted the world with their words of thoughtful wisdom. (Thank you, Katie Hutchison College of Stoney Creek Valley Farm - your daily Facebook posts have been a balm.) For most of us here on the farm, and most likely many others, drawing inward has been a natural response to the disruptions in what was once our normal routine. We are blessed in the food, shelter and lifestyle security that have allowed us to do this, recognizing that this was not an option for too many around us. So our winter was spent in taking care of ourselves, the land and the animals, planning for the next season, and staying close to home through all of the chaos. But despite all of the events of the past year, spring comes, as it always does. The trees are waking, plants are pushing up through the soil, and the birds are returning. For the first time, we have American woodcocks doing courtship dances in the pasture at sunset - so exciting! The earth follows her path through the seasons, regardless of the ridiculous antics of humanity. And that brings us hope, and the ability to reach out again. We hope the energy of Spring allows all of us to find new ways to grow, and new ways to create community. Here's hoping for more time together, as the year progresses!
Some of you have probably met Emily Gilmore, Harrison's partner. But it is time to introduce her more formally, and share her gifts and what she brings to our community, and what she would like to share with the world. We are blessed with her warm, wise, and compassionate presence here on the farm. Emily owns and manages Dillsburg Yoga. She honors the practice of yoga and its ability to change lives for the better. With true intention, positive change is possible. Emily sees yoga as a means to nourish body, mind and spirit. Emily's intentions are to integrate both the philosophies of yoga and herbalism in her teaching and to work toward fostering an environment where people can make connections and develop stronger relationships with themselves, with others and with the Earth, our home.
Stay tuned for more information about the workshops on yoga, herbalism and holistic health in future newsletters or by visiting Dillsburg Yoga's website andfacebook page.
NURSERY PLANTS FOR SALE!
After a few years of growing in all the ways a small regenerative farm collective grows, we are now able to offer perennial plants to establish in your own landscapes! American Hazelnut, Red Osier Dogwood, Serviceberry, Hybrid Willow and Hybrid Poplar, Elder and Gooseberry! Our selection is small, but will continue to increase with our favorite shrubs, trees, herbs and select cultivars in the coming years. You can check out our selection and order directly through our website here. Cutting will be available for sale through March 27 (the pickup date on the farm for cuttings), and bare root plants until April 17 (pickup date for bare-root plants). Any bare root orders will then be potted up for an additional charge. Now is the time for expanding beauty and diversity within your own habitats!
Our friend and foraging aficionado, Jon Darby of Riverbend Foraging, will host plant walks this spring! Come walk the farm as we are introduced to, or reacquainted with the existing, nutritious, and very edible landscape. Each class will be slightly different as the seasons change. Registration required for each session.
April 24 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 15 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
June 26 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
There will also be an Open Farm Day on Saturday, April 17 from 10-2 pm. Come get a tour and see what is happening and changing on the farm. Look for more info on our Facebook page a week or two before the day.