It almost seems like we missed winter here in the valley at Timpson Creek Farm. The greenery of the landscape barely faded as it endured only a few snow showers and the occasional heavy frost. Our Hoophouse has remained in steady production, beautiful greens and roots making their way to plates throughout North Georgia and Atlanta. We’ve spent our days preparing the plans for the growing season, planting blueberry bushes and reclaiming areas lost to the abundant growth of summer.
As stewards of the land, we feel deeply connected to the churning of the Earth’s gears towards Spring. Song birds have begun to return to their outposts in the trees and shrubs that line the creek and the daffodils have started to bloom, serving as fond memories of the summer sun. The land has begun dreaming of Spring and seeds will soon be sprouting into vegetables in the greenhouse. This is a strange time in the season where our energies are ready to burst forth, but much like the seed we may only begin when the timing is right; a sense of chaos that will bind itself into organization.
This idea that the chaos of natural systems is what actually stimulates organization is one that we hope to mimic here in the valley. Being an Appalachian Mountain farm, the lands are segmented and niched, each little field housing its own ecosystem and microclimate. Our greatest gifts in this region come from the biodiversity provided by the natural habitat and creeks. By allowing the native species and natural spaces to surround our fields of crops, we are maintaining balance between predators and prey and creating an ecosystem that can maintain an equilibrium.
This ecological management must not only stretch itself into the web of life found in the plants and animals of the atmosphere, but it must also be reflected in the way we treat the living systems found within our soils. Healthy crops are holistically balanced in nutrition; a trait that is directly derived from a thriving environment around the roots of the plant. When these ecosystems are maintained and their dynamic interplay accentuated, there are limited inputs from outside of the system needed to produce wholesome, vigorous foods.
Plants grown with less fertilizer and more biological activity, are healthier to eat. It would of course be the case that our health and wellness is inextricably linked to that of the natural systems of this incredible planet. The better we conserve and integrate our lives into this abundant resource, the healthier we become as a consequence.
We are beyond excited to share our journey at Timpson with individuals eager to learn about ecological stewardship. Part of our mission here on the farm is getting individuals of all ages out into the fields, among the pollinators and earthworms, and facilitating a reconnection between their minds and hearts and the archetypes and rhythms of our living Universe. If you or an organization you are affiliated with would like to know more about our educational programming, you can investigate our offerings here.
I was sitting in the farm truck one afternoon this past week, watching the Eastern Bluebirds jump from one dormant blueberry twig to another. I imagined what it will be like as these plants mature, as the whole property becomes more dense with perennials and annuals that are productive and generate even more habitat. All that is daunting at the start of a new project is equally balanced to its potential. We look forward to this adventure and we hope that the lessons we learn and the natural intimacy we experience can be shared with all who seek it.