Dear Farmhouse Diary,
It's been two Fridays since the last Farmhouse diary update! Again, lots of family and friend time -- wearing masks and giving them away! Sitting with friends for a quilting bee was a great way to catch up on our lives while helping out. And a walk with a friend I've not seen since last June was a special gift.
Creating a vegetable and fruit garden is about self-sufficiency as well as sharing with others what is grown and canned. We are working hard here to put the infra-structure in place for a bountiful garden and I've decided to think all this effort is what we would do if we had just purchased the house. Now is a great time to catch up on all those projects we did not have time to tackle before my retirement and Covid-19 social distancing.
While working away one morning this week, a number of families with little children, as well as teens by themselves, walked or rode their bicycles past our corner. It was a beautiful morning so it wasn't too odd so many families with little ones were headed to grocery store just a few blocks away -- but they were not headed to the store. Groceries, yes. These dear families and young people were picking up a weekend's worth of meals from the school district's summer food site at the church across from our home. My heart broke.
Our garden is about so much more than providing for just our family. It is about sharing, but also about building community with my neighbors -- and as life allows, letting them know someone sees their difficulties and will stand alongside them.