2012 Newsletter #13 – The Inspiring Beauty (and Hard Work) of Oxbow Farm

When you open up your Oxbow CSA box each week, we hope that the abundance there within inspires awe and excitement. I know that when I’m packing those boxes–each and every one–I am consistently amazed at the explosive colors, cool freshness, and the promise of what will come. But I also have another hope. Given this opportunity to speak to all of you wonderful and important folks, I want to impress upon you the fact that your food comes from a place of immense beauty.
I grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley and am certainly no stranger to the majesty of the Northwest. Even so, Oxbow has introduced me to some of the most breathtaking sights and awe-inspiring experiences I’ve had in this place I call my home.
I’m reminded of an afternoon in June. I was weeding in the “three sisters” patch (corn, beans and squash, which grow symbiotically though a little chaotically) when suddenly and subtly, the wild, raucous cry of five coyotes emanated from the cottonwoods. I had never heard a sound so wild – decrying their freedom, their hunger, their youth like leaves, one by one, bursting into flame. This was one of the first times, but assuredly not the last, that I was moved to tears by the environment I’ve found myself working in this summer. … click here to read full newsletter