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These Farm Pivots are Making us Dizzy!

Updated: May 7, 2020

When people ask me how we've been affected by the current state of affairs, my mind goes through a whirlwind of thoughts. So much has changed in the last two months! Pivoting has become the buzzword to describe what businesses need to do to get through these uncertain times. But the word pivot seems too simple of an action to fully describe how we've been affected by COVID-19.

Reminding myself that plants will grow and people will eat

The uncertainty, the changes, the brainstorms, the discussions, the creation of new projects, the scrapping of yesterday's brilliant ideas, and then of course there are the crops, the markets, our customers, and the whole other list of things necessary to run a business. I'm wondering if we need to hire more help while worrying about whether we can afford to keep who we've got. Thinking about doubling a crop planting in the morning and worried about sales in the afternoon. And all of these ups and downs with a healthy dose of gratitude and fear.

But all I can think about is just how exhausting and wacky it is to be pivoting each aspect of our business while trying to keep things stable - changes on the farm and with our markets take time and lots of communication. And spring is a time when I'm supposed to be with my crew and plants! Sometimes I think 'we didn't sign up for this!' - but no one signed up for this. We've all been dealt this crazy hand and required to adapt. Reactions range wildly - and it's all valid. There's no guidebook on how to be during a global pandemic.

By the end of the day, I'm left wondering how the day flew by so fast and how I'm going to find the time to get everything done. That's even with our super early start this year and extra staff hired! I have to say that I'm even more thankful for my decision to take last winter off. 'Cause even though these past months have been a complete blur, I'm also completely excited and curious as to what we will be creating through these times. These budding ideas we're working on today, will eventually bloom and bring us forward into a new way of being. Have you noticed profound questions are replacing small talk? Things are shifting, and we have an opportunity to create systems that work for all of us. I'm not sure what it's going to look like, but rest assured that we are all working our darndest to create a more secure, food-loving community for all!

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