Friday, August 13, 2010

Dear Master Gardeners

The 3 Crawfords are privileged to host the Adair County Master Gardener Meeting at Butterfly Hill Farm, Tues., Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Our shared time together will feature tours/meanderings of our Gardens and Pot Luck. The theme of the Pot Luck is celebrating the abundance of the local. That could include a dish featuring produce you have grown, gotten from a neighbor or Farmer's Market, etc.. If that dish is a traditional recipe in your family, that would be terrific. (We will provide tableware and beverage.)

As you know, our little Farm focuses on sustainability and reclaiming traditions of living on the land (with new green concepts emerging). We 3 C's are growing as much of our own food as possible. At this season we are super busy. This morning, Richard just canned 14 pints of Tomato Sauce and I shall finish canning Chicken as soon as I push "send". (Richard just brought in 2 more buckets of Tomatoes. Yikes. I better hurry.) As if that is not enough, we are currently doing some interior painting/remodeling with green products. When you arrive, you will see we are a "work in progress".

And of course, this season has come with challenges for us all. When you arrive here, you will not find the perfection of a collection of silk flowers. You will find Nature's Hand. And you will surely find weeds. You may even find this Master Gardener's version of Wild Kingdom. Yet, through it all, the abundance is striking.

Please bring a lawn chair. We request that you car pool. We try to lessen the impact of the human footprint on the farm (which includes compaction of soil from autos). Thanks for helping us out here.

You may even find that some of your own favorite farm/gardening stories of old will want to tag along. Please bring them. In visiting with Jennifer, we may have 2 or 3 other folks join us who might provide an interesting mix to our conversation.

Best growing wishes,
glinda, richard and melanie (crawford)

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