Harvest Celebrations! A Note from Maribeth
Just like that, it’s fall. It’s a time when we experience cycles and transition in the most visible and tangible of ways. Gardeners are still picking the last red tomatoes, even as they prepare beds for the winter and seed cover crops. The CFI crates that just a few weeks ago were packed with peppers and sweet corn now hold winter squash and sweet potatoes ready to go out to pantry partners.
Other seasonal changes are less visible, but just as significant. The attention of the CFI team is shifting from figuring out how to fit just one more bushel of corn in the cooler to planning with farmers to make sure we can keep the shelves stocked adequately in the coming months. As weekly interactions with community gardeners slow down, the engagement of students in classroom-based activities deepens. Community needs don’t decrease as the harvest season slows, but neither do the opportunities to connect and work toward our mission.
We are hopeful that by the time next fall comes around, we’ll be able to gather safely to celebrate the turning of the seasons--and CFI’s 30th birthday--together in person at our 2022 Harvest Celebration! In the meantime, we invite you to raise a glass of cider or a hot cup of tea wherever you are in gratitude for another season of growing, sharing, and working together to build a thriving local food system. Cheers, and thank you.
Community Food Initiatives