Our Resilience

written by

Drausin Wulsin

posted on

April 23, 2020

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This pondweed species, Potamogeton, has been frosted, but soon enough will be green again. 

It was startling to see brown plants upon the water the other day on this eve of spring, as it is startling to find ours social structure arrested in place at this same time. But the resilient urge to overcome within nature and within us always murmurs restlessly.  Examples of this are blue bands of hope bordering frosted pondweed and Spring Beauties newly lining the forest floor. 

 






Our recent batch of feeder pigs is marching forward every two weeks into a new lot. This group is adapting well, and loves to pile upon each other, without a concern in the world. Clark contrived a temporary shelter for them until they advance to the trees.




I have rediscovered that handling stone is a potent way to wick away worries large or small. Concerns seem to seep away, into the earth, with each stone lifted. 






We have a fair supply of pork on hand until the above batch is ready. Shoulders, ground, chops, Italian sausage, and sausage patties, plus prepared foods of Pork Ragout and Pulled Pork. We think each of these is special food, which may be ordered by going here. Below is pork shoulder, cooked for ten hours at 225 degrees. On the plate behind, the pork is covered with a rich tomato-cornmeal sauce, and accompanied by creamed lima beans and corn, and sweet potato. This southern meal took us to Paris, Kentucky, a place of notable architectural charm and history.




Please place orders with us by Friday midnight for pick-up this Sunday the 26th in Hyde Park, from 9:30 - 11:30, at USBank. Volume of orders is increasing for all vendors at Hyde Park, generating considerable traffic through the location. We each need to be well organized to move this traffic through as smoothly as possible. On your end, please have a conspicuous sign made, with your name in bold at the top and names of vendors from whom you are picking up listed beneath. This helps the traffic marshals know where to direct you. It is also helpful to put a sign in your trunk with your name on it, serving as a reminder to fast moving vendors which car they are in fact supplying. These efforts are important and will facilitate movement in and out. Bob and Beth will be delivering your orders to you this Sunday. Refer here for more information about protocols for this market.

As of next Saturday, May 2, we will also be serving the Montgomery Farmers Market, and will have sign-up available for that location on our website by early next week. Please pass word to friends and family who may be interested we will be at that location (9609 Montgomery Road) from 9 - 12:30. The website for that market is found here




In testimony to the wonder of Nature and fruits of the forest, delivered unto us yesterday were several abundant pouches of morels. We sauteed them for dinner, and marveled wordlessly at how an offering so delicate persists year after year, age after age, before the vagaries and forces of time. 

We stand in resilience: yours, ours, and Mother Nature's.

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Big Muddy

Here is the Lower Mississippi River, 45 feet below normal pool. Over Thanksgiving, Susan and I shoehorned ourselves onto a cruise ship to learn about the lower Mississippi and its bayou. We started in Memphis and ended up in New Orleans, with stops along the way to explore river towns. This river is the third longest on the planet, providing drainage to 40% of North America. It has historically deposited silt yearly in its floodplains, producing topsoil 120 feet deep, making these soils some of the richest in the world. Vast wetland forests grew beside its banks, of cypress, oaks, and sycamores, populated by a rich array of black bears, deer, bobcats, alligators, and aquatic life. This was the legendary bayou.

Streams & Souls

Streams and souls seem to share character. They are life-giving, they are coveted, they can be impeded, they can be channelized, they can be overwhelmed, they flood, they dry up, they flow downhill, they are a force of both change and constancy, they lie at the center of a community, they will not be denied, and because of this great complexity, they attract periodic resistance. So, it seems that streams may serve as a metaphor for the journey of the soul.

Reconnecting

Biodiversity depends on the neighbors. We feel like we live on islands, at times, but even islands are connected by surrounding rings of activity. Every organism that travels through our wetlands is in transit. Some stay longer than others, but all are in motion. They came from somewhere and are going somewhere. In the meantime, they stop for respite and nurture, adding to the richness of the ecosystem.