What a glorious week it has been—temperatures in the high 70s and more color than you can shake a broken shovel at. The majestic hills that frame the lake have gone from a lifeless brown to a vibrant green that has all but eliminated the Bald Spot. Our grape vines have pretty pink buds that will bloom within a few days. The layout of the farm is really taking shape and the fence posts for the vegetable garden have been placed in the ground.
The berm that runs along the upper road from the Canteen parking lot to our new shed has been planted with all kinds of flowers, each grown from seeds here at camp. Our vegetables, which are awaiting completion of the fence, were also grown from non-GMO heirloom seeds and include various kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, celery, broccoli, beets, cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, and squash, among others.
As we rejoice in the fruits of our labors we are mindful that the fruit of the earth is one of G-d’s wonders, and we take a moment to say . . .
Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheynu Melech ha olam, borei pri ha-adamah.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, who creates the fruit of the ground.
May the coming week bring you health and happiness, and may you always be mindful that the fruits, vegetables, and grains you enjoy come from a farm by way of the miracle of nature.