Nothing about Curious Farm has been easy, but I do feel delighted in how naturally the farm develops. I take one step; D takes another... Then the vegetables, fruit, and chickens follow their own rhythms. We shepherd. We do the next right thing. We rest. Then we go outside the next morning and witness changes that are beyond us.
After all of those years playing politics in publishing, media, and high-tech companies, D and I are experiencing something very sweet right now: the farm responds to our care. If we're thoughtful about our own work, we are rewarded with more than we put in.
This is grace, I think.
Our goals aren't lofty, and we don't have cotton candy between our ears. We've had plenty of garden failures in the past. We kick rocks, learn what we can so that we can try new tricks next time, and move on. Like our friend (and hero) Charlie Brown, we're really experienced in failure.
We might not make a cent from this adventure for the next couple of years (or ever), but at least we eat well and grow healthy through our efforts.