Monday, November 5, 2012

Work Party Season Wrap Up

Volunteer Randi once again
lending a hand
Last Tuesday was our final Tuesday evening work party of the season.  Just in time too with daylight savings shortening the hours of evening light!  A BIG thanks to the dedicated crew who came out to do one final weeding in the the mild evening and enjoy the harvesting of winter squash.  Sharing the evening with you all was really a wonderful way to conclude a season of work parties.  We have now have boxes full of winter squash to distribute throughout the winter.  The day after the work party, a delivery volunteer was able to take 140+ lbs of pumpkins to the food bank to give out for Halloween.  

Warty gourd, delicata squash and a
blue hubbard squash....all SAGE grown,
all amazing!
Now we're coasting for a bit.  Doing a lot of planning and more time in the office.  There is the harvesting of hardy greens (oh kale, how splendid you are!) and the chasing of ducks away from our spread cover crop seeds (I'm not very good at this as the ducks aren't afraid of much -- especially not a small blonde woman -- after a summer of being chased by kids and dogs), but overall there isn't a ton to do in the garden right now.    

As I walk through the garden now, my mind flickers to future plans and reflections on the past season.  This is a much different mentality than during the growing season when I was constantly creating and revising to-do (now!) lists in my head.  I thrive on being engaged and busy, but I must admit that with the shorter, darker days, my body and mind are appreciating that I'm heeding nature's cycle and taking things at a little slower pace.  It will feel a bit odd having a free Tuesday night....

Thanks for a great work party season!
Hope to see you all out at SAGE in the spring!
Cheers,
Deanna (Garden Manager)