What do farmers do in the wintertime, anyway?
Fill out organic paperwork.
Order seed and nutrients for the spring planting.
Attend commodity and board meetings.
Rest a little.
Take a vacation (unless you're an animal farmer).
Milk cows for other farmers while they take a vacation.
Knit socks. Weave rugs.
Go to year-round, indoor farmers markets to sell food and fiber.
Fix and rebuild broken things.
This morning, as we left a breakfast meeting on social media (yes, really), The Farmer got a phone call. He tossed me the keys, and I drove home so that he could talk without distraction.
You see, The Farmer is a mini-expert on composting. And people get to know that, and call him. And all the things that he's learned over the years, he gives freely to others. This morning, as I drove, listening quietly to him tell an Amish farmer why windrow composting would probably be his best option (it was because of the straw bedding), I was grateful. All those people who poured knowledge into The Farmer gave him a gift. And he is just passing the gift along...