Updated: Apr 28, 2022
As the summer begins to fold its wings, the cadence of autumn drifts towards us. By working in the garden or spending time observing nature, we connect with the seasonal cycles that shape life on Earth. Signs that herald the change in season have been celebrated by human cultures throughout time. This time of year is just past the peak of harvest, when fields are becoming emptier and the cupboards are becoming fuller. We can shift our focus from the bustle of cultivation and creation towards enjoying the fruits of our labor and finding ways to share them with others. As we approach the Autumnal Equinox, this is also a good time of year to seek and establish balance and harmony in your life, whether between realms of work and home, between inner and outer worlds, or any other elements of your life that need to be reintegrated.
In August the Many Hands Peace Farm welcomed Julia back to the Mountain as our Apprentice for the fall season! We have been busy sharing our farmed and foraged bounty with neighbors through markets in Highlands and Cashiers, by hosting farm dinners, and with our weekly farm share program. We have also continued working to empower others with knowledge through Wild Edibles workshops and farm tours. As the harvest season goes on, we have been collecting medicinal herbs to create new salves, teas, and tinctures, as well as preserving the vegetable harvests that keep on giving by pickling or freezing.
In the garden, we are still harvesting kale, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, beans, peppers, winter squash, and herbs. It is time to plant fall crops of brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, brussels, mustards), beets, carrots, lettuces, chard, and to consider cover crops such as oats and red clover. The upcoming fall season is also a great time to amend your garden beds with organic matter, compost, or mulch. If you have room for perennial plantings, you may want to spend time researching fruit trees or other edible perennial crops that grow well in your area, as fall is the best time to plant these and they will add much to the beauty, diversity, and soil health of your garden.
Thank you for following our journey! If you would like to learn more about our weekly farm share program or on-site tours contact us with the address below. We want to empower others to feed themselves and connect with nature, so please send us your gardening or foraging questions or reach out to schedule a consultation.
This farmer is out standing in her field.