Today of course dawned a new year, but this dawn looked about the same as it did yesterday! Yes, the day will be incrementally but unnoticeably longer. but otherwise about the same weather conditions and everything and everyone will look about the same. But it does look very different from the dawn of the new year in January of 2014 a year ago and it looks markedly different from the dawn of that new year say 10 years ago. Especially when you look about and note those changes, some quite remarkable and unforeseen, that have occurred. Everything can be measured against the same stick and we and everything is somewhat better in certain aspects, somewhat worse in others, a very lot better on this measure, a whole lot worse on that. But the ‘zeitgeist’, the normal, the standard by which we measure things, changes, constantly changes , moves on, for better and for worse.
This applies to us here at Devon Acres Organic Farm and to the farm as well. Things here are constantly, usually very slowly, changing, and this occurs all around us too. We can provide some direction over our own little patch but very little over our surroundings. The collected happenings and decisions of the whole community, and the world at large all function to keep things changing and we individuals play our little parts in this happening. We are not insular, we are part of a whole and we are all dependent on each other.
So we must work to try to do what we think is best, modeled on what many others think is best to improve the status of our greater community, and, by tiny cumulative increment, the rest of the world too.
So we here at this farm try to grow the healthiest food while making a minimum impact on the natural world. We try to encourage diversity and natural complexity in our farm land. We try to minimize our adverse impact on the world beyond our farm borders. We do things that oft times seem fiscally unwise; using horses to reduce fossil fuel and other consumables use; using excessive manual labour; deliberately neglecting portions of the farm (something, plant or animal will thrive in our absence); and many other small endeavours. We are not always successful but we continue to make the effort and to strive to set an example of what might be accomplished.
So for 2015 we will go ahead and continue to do what we have always done. We will tweak things a bit here and there based on what we learn from both our own experiences and from the experiences of others. We will strive to always set a better example, an example that others can follow without hugely compromising their lifestyle.
So there it is: our New Years resolution for 2015. And oh yes; everyone here, two legged, four legged and fowl are doing fine. Just a few more pictures from last year.
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL