Best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver calls this time of year the April Hallelujah, “a slam-bang return to joy after a season of cold second thoughts.”
We at Dancing Seeds Farm have so many things to be joyful about:
1. Tax season is over, for better or worse!
2. All four Orca Emergency Recovery bills have passed the Washington State House and Senate! 3. We have a new intern!
4. Our gardens are growing more lush every day! In particular, our arugula is going strong; onions are on the way; and Purple Magnolia pea tendrils are here. Bred for their wild and vigorous “hyper tendrils,” they’re large, juicy, and tender.
Caroline Bryant has joined our team as an intern for the next few months.
A graduate of Friday Harbor High School, Caroline has always loved farm life, having worked in gardens and at the farmer’s market since she was a toddler. She doesn’t have a set career goal yet but she loves food, and she’s anxious to learn more about how to grow and cultivate it while also learning more about the business side of farming.
Caroline’s passion for life has already shown through her fantastic questions and her enthusiasm toward weeding, transplanting, and overall helping with whatever needs to be done on the farm. Please give her a warm welcome next time you stop by.
What We’re Thinking About: Earth Day
Admittedly, every day should be Earth Day, but sometimes it’s good to set aside a specific day on which we can all come together to focus, focus, focus on our beautiful planet. This year Earth Day falls on Monday, April 22, and the theme is “Protect Our Species.”
Here at Dancing Seeds Farm, we’ll be planting some native trees like Garry Oak, Red Flowering Currant, and Big Leaf Maple on Monday. We’ll also be putting some exotics in the ground: Burr Oak, Monkey Puzzle, and Dawn Redwood.
Elsewhere on San Juan Islands, local author and Friday Harbor Laboratories scientist Drew Harvell will be discussing her book Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease. Her presentation will also include information about Sea Star Wasting Disease. For more information about the reading, contact Rachel Anderson, FHL at email@example.com or call 360-378-2165.
You can also participate in the annual Great Island Clean-Up, which involves picking up trash throughout our gorgeous islands and attending local parties when the work is done. See https://www.plasticfreesalishsea.org/events.htmlfor more information.
Other cities around the globe will be celebrating their efforts in ecological biodiversity and green infrastructure. Some, for example, have enacted plans to protect native pollinators and birds. Find out if your favorite city is an environmental leader in species protection here.
And no matter where you are, you can play a free online simulation game created by Long Live the Kings, a salmon recovery organization. You and your team members can follow your real-life fish as it races its competitors from stream to ocean. Sign up at survivethesound.org!
What’s Cooking Around the Island
We had two visiting chefs this past week!
Chef Steven Jones from Duck Soup Restaurant loves to work with edible flowers and lots of other produce from local farms. He stopped by for some of our spring greens, along with our tulips, which he then crystallized and served atop his Rhubarb and Ginger Sorbet with Bee Pollen and Honeycomb Brittle. Yum!
Chef Ryan Lockhart from Coho Restaurant came by soon thereafter for a quick farm tour, which he documented in a video you can watch on his Facebook page! Chef Ryan also sources ingredients from local small farms and food purveyors. Whether it’s a beautiful display of Asian greens, or just a sprinkle of pea tendrils and micro greens, you may very well find our products transforming his dishes into superstars. He’ll be interviewing Greg and Zach next week. Sign up for the Coho Restaurant newsletter to see how that goes.
Watch for our food at both of their restaurants throughout the season!
What We’re Reading
Climate Abandoned: We’re On the Endangered Species List will be published on Monday, April 22 in honor of Earth Day. It’s an anthology of essays by scientists and other specialists, but it’s not a scientific treatise full of jargon and ten-syllable words. Rather, it’s a collection of writings directed to everyday readers who want to learn more about the various interdependent issues of the climate crisis and what constructive activities they may implement.
You might wonder why we need yet another book on the climate crisis. The answer is simple: we’re still not doing enough. And to be fully transparent, you should know that Gail does have an essay in the book on how the climate crisis impacts our levels of stress. But she has no financial interest in the book and simply hopes you’ll read it, take whatever new nuggets of information you can from it, and then pass it on to someone else in your tribe.
The book will initially be available on Amazon but soon thereafter can be ordered from Ingram through your favorite independent bookstore.