After a very dry spring we received a beautiful rainfall this week. We are happy for all the folks who have planted the plants from our greenhouses, as summer rainfall blesses the growing season. The brilliance and long twilight of these northern evenings of the solstice bring a sense of peace and quietude to our days. Our local family of trumpeter swans still seems to be holding together at five cygnets, in the face of numerous predators. Eagles, coyotes, and otters can quickly disrupt an evening on the pond.
Each sunrise and sunset lately, causes us to wonder “what next?” Out in our greenhouses at Glacial Ridge Growers we move forward with the belief that the past is the key to the future. In part of our greenhouse area we have a veritable sea of hope as nearly a quarter of a million seedlings emerge from seed collected in our county. This local ecotype seed will be the foundation for seed production as these seedlings area planted out to produce seed that has its origins right here.
As I cultivated my garden the other day a little herd of toads preceded my tiller. They were out doing what toads have done for ages. Some things never change as we all move forward.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..