FARM NEWS from Fred Owens
Nov. 1, 2010
Yesterday day the farm stand closed for the winter. It was sad. The frost came two weeks ago and the flower season ended -- but the fields kept pumping out fresh sweet corn and lettuce, so our shelves were well-stocked right until the last day.
The farm will continue to harvest and sell vegetables to restaurants and other wholesale accounts into November, but the farm stand is closed now and my job is over.
I had an exit interview with management. I said, "I would like to work here next year." They said, "We'd love to have you back."
That would be sometime in April, when the farm stand opens again.
So I will be going to Southern California for the winter, to work at another farm, but it will only be part-time, and I will be taking it easy.
I will be in Ventura, which is about one hour north of Los Angeles, if this was was 1970 when the freeways ran free, but more like ninety minutes to LA these days.
My sister lives in Venice near the beach, and my brother lives way to the east side in Altadena, so I can spend some time with them.
My son also lives in Venice, working at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Santa Monica.
I have lots of family down there, several nieces as well, plus the sunshine.
Oh, they have what they call "winter" in Los Angeles, but it doesn't amount to much.
And the delights of California culture --- this I have to see and comment on. If America has lost its sense of confidence and optimism, then LA is the epi-center of decline
If America was and is a dream to fulfill, then LA is where dreams are launched -- or were launched. Is it over? or will it begin anew?
I want to see for myself.
Otherwise I will be working at this small farm in Ventura County, learning the soil and the climate.
You will notice, perhaps gratefully, that I am not writing about politics these days. We're having a national election on Tuesday, and I have followed these events closely, but I will not comment.
Except to say that it's good to be working on a farm, and I lead by example. I will say this, "Young man, go to the farm and go to work."
There's plenty of work on the farm and you will find it very satisfying. It will truly be a "growth opportunity."
If you're in the city, build a garden. Start today.
Here is my closing video-poem for the last day at the farm stand. It's about the end of things -- as you see the past slip away and you wonder what the future will bring.
Listen to the "Ode to the Lone Kohlrabi" -- it's very short and you will enjoy it.
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