Full Belly Farm

November 23rd, 2011 — 8:29pm

Every week for the past 15 plus years, I get a box of beautiful, buoyant produce from Full Belly Farm. And every week I read their newsletter, The Full Belly Beet.

The other week contained a missive from Ingrid, one of their interns. She talks about how she decided to become a farmer when she realized that she wanted to spend every possible moment of her life outdoors, “…to be physically connected to the ground, to not miss a moment of the shifting moods of the sky…” What she has found at Full Belly was the deep contentment that comes from another productive day, working the land. “I do not need to understand or possess the things that I love about life, only to stop and appreciate them.”

Amen to that. I realize I want to possess thing that I buy, but I cannot posses the things that I need — fresh air, clean water, good earth to grow good food. This Thanksgiving, I will be serving my family foods from the farm, including my favorite dark orange sweet potatoes. May your bellies be filled with good food this Thanksgiving, and your hearts filled with gratitude for the bounty of our world.

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