Daughter Hannah has traded in her hoe for a snow shovel. She will begin work at Modern Farmer magazine next week. I appreciate all that Hannah has done to make Little Bluestem Farm a reality. We will miss her wisdom, her hard work and her way with words.
Today we are snowbound in a hotel in Hudson, New York. As I sit here looking out the window and watching the level of snow approach the predicted 30 inches, my thoughts are filled with possibilities for the flower season ahead.
In the most recent edition of Brain Pickings, Maria Poplova quotes Herman Hesse, who wrote,
[There are] many other small joys, perhaps the especially delightful one of smelling a flower or a piece of fruit, of listening to one’s own or others’ voices, of hearkening to the prattle of children. And a tune being hummed or whistled in the distance, and a thousand other tiny things from which one can weave a bright necklace of little pleasures for one’s life…
My advice to the person suffering from lack of time and from apathy is this: Seek out each day as many as possible of the small joys, and thriftily save up the larger, more demanding pleasures for holidays and appropriate hours. It is the small joys first of all that are granted us for recreation, for daily relief and disburdenment, not the great ones.
As I read this, it occurred to me that perhaps one of the things we should cultivate at Little Bluestem Farm is “a bright necklace of little pleasures…” We would like to invite folks to come to the farm to smell flowers,listen to themselves and others, hum, whistle and find joy.
We had such an enthusiastic response to our open house in the fall, that we have decided to plan events and invite folks to the farm throughout the growing season.
We will host several events during the summer when you can come out and pick your own flowers for a class on arranging and then enjoy relaxing on our porch. We will post more information about dates and cost in the coming weeks.
In addition to fields of flowers, we have a spacious porch, and walking trails. We would love to host retreats, meetings and other small gatherings. Please be in touch if you have any interest in scheduling an event or if you have other ideas for ways in which we could welcome you into the grace and joy of Little Bluestem Farm.