Spring is here and we feel life begin to unfold around us. There is so much promise in farming. The first plantings of Fava beans, English peas, Sugar Snap Peas, Onions, Leeks, Shallots, Cabbages, Kohlrabi, Chicories, Kale, Broccoli, Butter Lettuce, Escarole, Radishes, Arugula, Beets and Carrots are tucked away into the earth. We have done our due diligence and soil tested, remineralized, boosted organic matter and microbial populations to encourage soil life. And yet...we have had our first set backs. We lost our first planting of peas and favas to cabbage maggots and had to resow...this time under protective cover. We have had some damping off, slow germination and what we thought was great potting soil mix was just okay and needs work. ( Thank you McEnroe for your fabulous mix that we had as a back up plan.) We want to stop tilling and I now feel it in my gut as I dip the discs and rototiller into the soil...that the time has come to start to put them away. We are beginning some Korean Natural Farming Practices and have been inspired by Jessica Smith of The Rebel Health Tribe to craft the most microbiologically active soil and compost teas possible. We have deemed 2017 "the year of the microbe". We have been reading The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier, Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis, Acres Magazine and The BiodynamicCalendar as interpreted by Maria Thun for inspiration and guidance. Nature takes time. Spring unfolds slowly. As a human it's challenging for me to step in time with nature and not push to fill the fields and my bank account that is a bit lean this time of year. Every time I push I am reminded that "to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven". When I remember this I feel at ease and am better able to take my cues from Mother Nature. She's in charge and begs the question "How can I help you?".