The plants are growing in our greenhouses with the hope of sinking roots into the warm soil of backyards and gardens. We must move forward, knowing that hope lies in the soil and the lengthening and warming days. It was 17 degrees below zero in Ely, Minnesota this morning and ice still covers our lakes as scattered fisherman elect to ice-olate, drilling their fishing holes at least six feet apart. But the season is changing, bringing with it the same hopes and anticipation that spring always brings. We are of the soil and we must sink our fingers into the earth and plant a new season.
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Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..