Remember a month ago when life was still pretty normal? I'm hard-pressed to imagine another month in my lifetime when things changed more drastically than they have over this past one.
And yet, as the fabric of business-as-usual unravelled, spring carried on - the maples ran sap, the leeks and fiddleheads poked through the forest floor, the peepers squealed their delight, the pastures tinted green, and here at Heartwood, nine new piglets joined the fold.
And we wonder, amid the disruption and heartbreak, what future is being born in this moment? Many people are turning inward - rediscovering the generational arts of cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, and so on. And while necessity may be driving this renaissance, there's joy to be found in these activities!
We farmers have an important role to play in supporting our community through this time. We are the stewards of the land, and the keepers of timeless knowledge and technique that coaxes life from it. We are a community of practice that connects people to land, to animals, to plants, to food.
Our tagline, "Reconnect to simple wonders", has never felt more relevant, and it challenges us to create opportunities for our community to experience that reconnection. It's difficult to do in times of social distance, but not impossible: from sharing farm life on social media to encouraging customers to spend time in the forest when they pick up their orders, we will always look for ways to share the simple wonders of the farm.
And we are deeply grateful for the ways in which our community and our customers have supported us over the past month. We are motivated by your encouragement, and sustained by the purchases you make through our online store. For all of this - our most heartfelt thanks.
We look forward to continuing this conversation. Let's imagine the hopeful future that is being born in this moment - imagine it, then plant the seeds to make it so.