I recently joined a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group. A CSA is a community of individuals who pledge support (monetarily and by volunteering) to a local farm, so that the farmland becomes the communities’ farm. Where the growers and consumers provide mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. For my CSA, I paid a certain amount for a 10-week period of time for harvested organic produce. I had heard of CSA’s in my previous community and had always been curious about joining. One day at our local farmers’ market, I met the lady who runs our local CSA and decided now was the time to join!
Each week I get a brown paper bag filled with produce. I never know what I am going to get, so it feels like I am opening up a present every week! My 4-year old daughter and I ride our tandem bike into town to the health food store that is designated as the pick up point and pick it up. We can hardly wait to see what is inside!
My CSA offers the opportunity to reduce the price of your share if you volunteer at the farm for a certain number of hours. They also highly encourage volunteering so you can understand where your food comes from. I am always looking for opportunities to try new things, so I scheduled the time and volunteered at the farm this past Tuesday.
While at the farm, I met another volunteer named Tara, who was a student studying agriculture at a college in Maine. She was there through a program at the farm where she volunteers her time and in turn is housed at the farm for free room and board (room and board that includes no electricity, pumping your own water and a composting toilet!). She talked about some of the other farms she had volunteered at in Great Britain and what an amazing experience she has had by living and working on farms throughout the world.
One of my tasks for the morning was to work in the greenhouse to replant seedlings from one pot to another so they could grow a little bigger and then be planted into the soil. It was incredibly relaxing being surrounded by nature, listening to the birds, smelling the fresh air, and getting my hands seriously dirty in dark brown soil as I replanted the seedlings.
I couldn’t help but think about the seeds. How tiny they are. And once placed into the ground, with the help of water and the sun they begin to sprout. Once they sprout, they are so tiny and delicate; they need to remain in the green house until they are big enough to be replanted. Once planted into the ground they can grow into so many amazing things. Delicious kale, squash, strawberries, tomatoes! Eventually the harvest will be bountifully full of amazing produce that is absolutely delicious to eat.
As I planted, I thought about the relevance of planting “seeds” in our lives. Seeds are incredibly tiny, however contain the potential to grow into something large and full of value. If we are intentional about planting specific “seeds” in our lives and caring for them as they grow, we will someday reap the harvest of wonderful life. Here are some examples of seeds we can plant in our lives.
- Good Habits. Planting the seeds of good daily habits such as daily physical exercise, taking time to read inspirational material, and getting regular rest, (just to name a few) will slowly start to change your life for the better. These good habits, when nurtured and kept over time will foster a wonderful life.
- Relationships. Every time we meet a new person, we plant a relationship seed. A meaningful life is full of meaningful relationships. Relationships, like growing plants take time and a lot of care. Spending time getting to know a person on a deep level and taking years to cultivate the relationship will reap a bountiful harvest of great people in your life who will be with you until the end.
- Personal and Professional Development. If you have a vision for your life and aspire to be a certain type of person or have a certain type of profession, then you need to plant the seeds to attain those goals. These seeds are the actions you have to take that will grow slowly and propel you towards the personal and professional life you want.
What are some seeds you have planted in your life that you have seen or hope to see grow into a bountiful harvest?