• Nicole Acker

End of Elementary School year Feels like University Finals

We have two kids in school, one in kindergarten, one in grade one. They both play a musical instrument and sing in our local choir, as well as playing baseball. Somehow, I don't know how - we've made it through the school year; show and tells, costumes for plays, recitals, class scrapbooks, spelling tests, and I made the schools yearbook! Our other two babies 1 year old and 2 years old, have been the best easy going little guys tagging along through all the early morning rushes, violin and piano lessons, and all the yelling to, "GET IN THE CAR!!!" It hasn't been easy, and I doubt myself as a parent more often than not. But we have made it - there are two and a half days of school and lessons left.

Somehow during this end of school year frenzy we've managed to grow some beautiful carrots, beets, lettuce, kale, zucchini, blueberries, tomatoes, potatoes, and the fruit trees are loaded. When I walk through the rows of veggies or the blueberries I occasionally try to take it in and realize that this place just use to be grass. And that we have done everything we have with our own two hands. Thats a good feeling, I feel proud, and happy. (Usually I walk through and am overwhelmed by a million things that need to be done!)

Even though things are growing, I know that doesn't mean we've escaped the aphids, or the leafminer bugs... things never go exactly perfect on the farm. There have already been other setbacks this season; three large lettuce beds didn't germinate at all, our spinach went to seed way to fast, tomatoes sat in pots too long and it seems I'm always late at seeding everything, and never enough. The greenhouse was up later than we'd hoped, and the irrigation system is an ongoing effort by my hardworking husband. We've also lost a few chickens to predators which has been more difficult than in the past; maybe I'm getting more sappy?!

All in all I'm looking forward to Summer - not rushing as much, enjoying the food we've grown, being healthy and loving my family. I can't wait to be part of the local farmers markets, and share all this delicious produce too!

The absolutely exhausted farmer, and mother of four sweet peas,


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