Upon returning from the Equator, I was met by near-record low temperatures and record snowfall for February. It is quite a contrast. In fact someone told me that in Minnesota we were the coldest place on the earth for some days this winter.
I spent time in a climate where all horticultural production takes place outdoors or in unheated shade/greenhouses. As I look out of our greenhouses here, I realize that greenhouse growers in Minnesota must be the most optimistic growers on earth. With several feet of snow on the ground, three feet of ice on the lakes, and four to five feet of frost in the ground, our optimism for spring seems almost like insanity as we grow our crops to be ready for spring planting outside. Yet as the sun marches northward, the miracle of spring inevitably approaches. We have faith in a world so wonderfully designed.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..