So, Covid happened. I don't even know what else to say. For us at the farm, it has been scary, confusing, sad, disappointing and stressful. No one knew how it would impact our communities. No one can know what lies ahead for our country, economy or society. My guess is things will never be the same. The amount of impact can not yet be determined, but we are feeling it. The interest in CSA shares has dramatically dropped from last year. We have had to post-pone our Goat Yoga session. The farm store project is weeks behind. I pray that our farm will withstand this type of impact.
I think the worst thing right now is watching how agriculture, as a whole, is taking a seriously dangerous hit. Farmer's dumping milk. Livestock being slaughtered. Crops being destroyed. This, by far, is the scariest stuff to date. People, this is our food. We cannot survive without a decent food supply. Food prices will continue to climb as food becomes scarce. What will happen in our communities? Where will people get their food? How will they be able to afford to eat? This gives me terrible images in my mind of the Great Depression. NO WORK. Food was scarce. People waiting in line for hours for a bowl of soup and a piece of bread. Where are we headed? My heart is breaking for our country.
As some of you know, I work in healthcare. This is a blessing and a curse for us. Yes, I have a steady income, where others may not. But, on the flip side, due to this pandemic, I am working 6 to 7 days a week. Often 50 to 60 hours a week. However, when you are a farmer, the Spring is one of your most busy times. It is hard to be in two places at once. Plus the stress of being in a healthcare facility with a mask and goggles on for 9, 10, sometimes 11 hours a day is draining. I want this to be over in the worst way. I am tired.
I hope you are all well. Sending LOVE to all on this very last day in April.
Melissa Keller BSN, RN, Infection Preventionalist
Perfectly Blended Farm Owner and Operator
Certified Yoga Instructor