Friday, February 01, 2008

Archive Meme, or That Damned Kevin

Kevin tagged me several posts ago, and I've been procrastinating as I'm wont to do with such tasks. This is an archive meme, which offers both me and my readers the opportunity to revisit favorite old posts—kind of like when your favorite tv show can't think of anything new so it does one of those flashback episodes that we all hate. At any rate, I suppose I can be thankful that Jim hasn't actually made me go through his blog and do the archive meme Jenny tagged him for, as he jokingly threatened to do.

Just to keep the joy alive, I tag El, Miranda, and Melinda because I've just started reading their blogs and would love to see some of their favorite old posts. And I tag Christy and Wendy because I like their thoughtful, reflective selves. *See below for meme directions.

I don't wax poetic about family here (well, there was that one mushy post about Jim, thanking him for his love and all his work), but my family and the love we have for each other is the backdrop of every single moment on the farm. The two are intertwined and inseparable because the farm and the food we produce here are all about the time we share, the love we have for each other, and the amazing memories we build every day. Because of that, I've chosen my very first post, Farm Sweet Farm, to represent family. It's simple, elegant, and it encapsulates how love and a vision make the whole world possible.

Well, apparently I have no friends on this blog—they all reside at Organic Learning along with my family. But I do have evidence of friends! Unschooling farming friends no less! And I am so grateful for Nicolas and Madeline in Georgia, who welcomed us into their home and lives and shared their food and farm. And I'm grateful for my farming friend Jenny in New Mexico, with whom I share so many similarities, not the least being too much good red wine. And I'm grateful for my dear friends Christina and Tom in upstate New York, who neither unschool nor farm, but who provide endless support and stimulating conversation, not to mention beautiful art. Here's to wishing you all lived right down the road!

About Me

Really, need I say more?

Well, okay, if you want just a little more insight into what makes me tick, you could also check out this post.

Something I Love
Not long after we moved into our new home, we began wishing for a barn cat. Not long after that the universe saw fit to deliver not one, but five barn cats for us to raise and care for. I love those damned babies more than I ever could have imagined. I love them so much it makes my heart ache. Every time I see them, they bring a smile to my face. Since they're the first animals I feed when I go out to the barn, they're one of the first things I see, too—all lined up on my potting bench waiting for me—so I'll be smiling the whole way through my chores with the sheer joy of having them in my life.

With all the posts to choose from, the wildcard screamed out for the CSA because it took up so much of my time and vital energy last year. I threw myself into it head first, and although we had some touch-and-go moments with the drought, in the end I was pretty proud of how it turned out. We offered some damned good food to people, all grown completely without synthetic chemicals, and it's amazing what good, fresh, whole food offers people. Time after time, members and customers told me they made the best meal with our food, and there's nothing quite like being able to share that with another person.

*Archive Meme Instructions: Go back through your archives and post the links to your five favorite blog posts that you've written. ... but there is a catch: Link 1 must be about family. Link 2 must be about friends. Link 3 must be about yourself, who you are... what you're all about. Link 4 must be about something you love. Link 5 can be anything you choose. I think this is a great way to circulate some of the great older posts everyone had written, return to a few great places in our memories and also learn a little something about ourselves and each other that we may not know. Post your five links and then tag five other people. At least TWO of the people you tag must be *newer acquaintances so that you get to know each other better....and don't forget to read the archive posts and leave comments!


Anonymous said...

Hah! This is a fun one! (unlike lots of the other ones grumble grumble) And like you Danielle, I don't really like mentioning my family...even though it is the reason we are doing this crazy farm thing.

Have a great morning, and weekend, and thank you for sharing this with us.


Colleen Paeff said...

I just wanted to write a quick note to say hello. I just discovered your blog and am loving it so far. I can't wait to read more. :)

Miranda said...

Thanks for the tag! I'll get to it later in the month when we get settled in our new "old" home. BTW, "back east" means Herndon, VA. I wish we were close enough to do a CSA membership, but maybe a turkey for Thanksgiving could have my name on it!
Did you move back into an "old" house before? If so, how cool! Small world.:-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Danielle! Sorry it took so long to get to you- I'm out of the country until the 15th. I will get to it when I return. I have lots of new readers, so this is a great idea.