This was the weekend of Rachel's graduation as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Her graduation date also marked our arrival on this little Farm 5 years ago. She was one of the first that we met after our arrival which now seems like many life times ago. Her interests in the Earth, Peace, Justice, Living Simply dovetailed with our own. We started talking and will never stop. We became her "Farm Family". Her Dad had suggested that if she was to succeed in Medical School, she needed to have a farm nearby. We were that Farm. Her retreats to it meant just as much to us. Their arrival on the Farm was a perfect celebration for the new Kitchen. And today was Mother's Day. How fitting.
No celebration is complete without a special meal. Melanie spearheaded the meal featuring many of Rachel's favorite foods from here on the Farm: Barbecued Chicken (with Richard's homemade sauce), Kale Salad, Sweet Potato and Regular Potato Fries with Aoli, Lettuce Salad picked fresh from the garden with Avocados Dave had brought down, Fresh Baked Bread that Dave brought from the Co-op in Iowa City. Cote and I set the table and picked flowers too.