Archive for January, 2018

Everyone considers them, many people set them. Very few people keep them. I’m in the category of people who set them, and sometimes, I even keep them.

There’s a certain renewal to the new year, and one that excites me. It feels like an opportunity to shine again, start anew, do better than last year. And the most exciting part of a new year? It happens twice!

Twice? Yep! Twice. The first new year is the traditional one, January 1. This year, I have a few resolutions, although none that I feel I’ll keep. Even so, I’ll try for a little while, until the chaos of running a business sets in again and life just doesn’t provide me the time. Because that’s the thing about resolutions. More than anything, I find that resolutions require time. Time to do things differently, try new things, get us out of routines we’ve honed and crafted over time.

So what is the other new year? It’s the one I celebrate at a certain time of year, depending on our season, when the CSA season is over and I have a chance to reflect. Almost always, I feel like I could have done better. At the end of a long season, I feel both tired (okay, exhausted) but excited. And truthfully, it’s not that different from how I feel now in the traditional new year. But I prefer this over the traditional because I usually feel like I can actually make change, as if it’s truly possible to do better. But before those plans can be made, we need to reflect.

I had big plans for 2017. It was going to be the first season in many where I would be full-time to the farm again. I would take pictures and write fabulous newsletters. I started a member only Facebook page. I would be more engaged in day-to-day farm activity. I took classes for social media, photography and general business development. I had ideas for new relationships and partnerships, new ways to engage CSA members and ideas for advancing our little farm to its next chapter. It doesn’t sound like much to simply improve the experience people have with our farm, member or otherwise, but nonetheless, important and what people are searching for in today’s marketplace.


Almost always, my good intentions are welcomed by the new season. (Did you see those pictures at the beginning of CSA season?!) The anticipation of reflecting on success and growth at the end of the season keep me energized. For several weeks, anyways. And then, “the season” starts. And the wheels fall off my bus. My good intentions transition to just simply getting the work done. (Like packing shares until 2 AM so that Farmer Adam and our team can harvest on Tuesday.)

And Farmer Adam just keeps producing more food each season. So unfortunately as the farm improves its production, my service to our members sometimes suffers. There’s more food to sort, pack, store, deliver and sell. It’s a strange effect in the opposite direction. And while I don’t need to go into more detail (our members know that by August, my newsletters stopped coming), I’m reflecting again on the season’s past and thinking about the year to come, eventually asking the hardest question of all… “Is what I want even possible?” “Can we grow our business, sell more vegetables and still meet all the demands of a constantly changing marketplace?Recent nationally printed articles featured on farms like ours sound all too familiar and leaves me contemplating this reality. How much can we achieve in a season when the demands our personal and professional life seem too steep?

So finally, after all that, what are my new year’s resolutions? Well, I’m still working on them. But here’s one to whet the appetite for what’s next.

Eat more vegetables. Personally, I’d like to enjoy more of the vegetables we grow in the peak of season. But it’s more than that. While I eat more than my fair share in the field, from the dirt, raw and uncooked, the idea of an actual meal, prepared fresh and served on a plate sounds glorious. Oh, and I’d like to sit at the table while I’m eating it.

Start writing now. Professionally, I’d like to anticipate the season a bit more and not foolishly believe that I can do everything in real-time, as it happens. Writing in the middle of the season? I think I have enough experience to know it’s not likely. Or maybe, just maybe, I’ll realize that doing a little bit less would be good for me and the farm. So by next time, I’ll have a list of things I can stop doing, things I can say no to, or in the case neither of those two are possible, ways to once again, try to do better in the new year.

But, before I do anything, I’m going to take a few days to work lightly. That’s not to say time off, we’re a year-round business, you know. But maybe I’ll sleep in for a week and work from home? Maybe I’ll go for tea at Cambridge Tea House and do some writing. And maybe I’ll just jump right to it and start working at doing better.

What are your resolutions?

Here’s to 2018!

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