I hope everyone is staying safe and warm out there in this winter weather. Here on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border we received a lot of ice and snow, which we aren't used to, so many of our communities are just digging out. This includes our friend and organic producer, Mark Cain, over at Dripping Springs Gardens (AR), who sent this photo of his fields at rest under Mother Nature's blanket.
The first big snow storm always gives me an opportunity to look at my land differently, providing a clean slate to re-imagine how the landscape looks and functions. It also sends me to the rocking chair to pour over my favorite seed catalogs and dream about the possibilities. Here at home we have started a seed saving network of like minded local folks who are sharing seeds which have proven to grow very well in our little micro-region. I'm so happy to be collecting and preserving these little seeds of the future - whether planted or shared with others, local seeds are are more able to adapt and thrive in the midst of so many changes in our agriculture and the overall environment. Our meetings are a small step in building community right along with re-building a genetically (and culturally) diverse agriculture system in a farming region where few farms continue to grow fruits and vegetables. So, I'm heading to the rocking chair to dream about planting more diversity next year!