Terra Brockman is the author of The Seasons on Henry's Farm (Agate Surrey). She farms with her brother and family in the Mackinaw River Valley of central Illinois.
Notes from the farm
We invest each seed and young plant with the exuberant yet completely rational hope of compounded returns.
By summer, the plants are working overtime. It's a wonder we don't have as many words for green as the Inuit have for snow.
Harvesting wild greens always returns me to our species' hunter-gatherer roots. Not so long ago, this is what people did the world over.
It landed on my patio in early November, a pointy-ended battleship that was more mineral than vegetable. It stayed there as the days got shorter.
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