We'd just returned from our second successful Saturday at the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market <http://www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com/> and I mentioned how lucky we were to live in a time and place where people appreciate fresh, healthy, sustainably grown vegetables and are willing to venture out in not so ideal weather conditions to purchase them!
This got us thinking about how fortunate we are to have landed here at the EcoVillage, surrounded by a community that is supportive of what we're trying to do. We chatted about how happy our six year-old son Nico is here, and the way he can go and play and entertain himself with his friends building forts and exploring parts of the farm while we toil away in the field and how that type of freedom doesn't always seem possible in our "modern" society.
It got me thinking about the help we received from many people (especially fellow EcoVillager, Peter) while building our greenhouse this past winter. Some ventured out in below zero conditions with blustering winds to help us put it together - check out our facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/ripplecreekorganicfarm> for some photo evidence...
We're also incredibly thankful for all the hard work the farm team and individual farms here at the Yarrow EcoVillage have done in past years. It's already an incredible amount of work to get our farm started this year, and we have access to things like the barn, pumphouse and wash station that didn't exist until very recently. Not to mention that we have taken over stewardship of land that has been cultivated and improved by previous farmers.
As I look out the window and see the rain coming down, I'm also thankful for the extra few days this will give me before I need to buy the rest of our irrigation equipment!
So in closing, we'd like to say a big THANK YOU to the community, to committed market-goers, and to the universe for putting here at this particular place in this particular moment in time, where it seems at least possible that we can live our dream of small-scale organic farming.
From Chris, Ana and Nico of Ripple Creek Organic Farm