As the autumn leaves lose their chlorophyl and the days’ light wanes, there is a need to capture and celebrate the harvest, the plants and the essence of the life they give to us.
The food we grow at Holly Hill feeds us and the kind customers who stop by our farm stand. The carrots, beets, radish, kale and potatoes we coax from the ground can also be brought to Wellspring in Hull, where people continue to visit for food they would otherwise be unable to purchase. The compost we turn and sift can be spread on the beds before winter settles in and the cold weather takes hold. There is seaweed on the beaches and manure in the paddocks to enrich our growing beds and fertilize the soil, after the soil has given so much to our crops all season long.
This past week, when some leaves were already on the ground, some with their bright orange, gold and yellow hues all aglow, students from the South Shore Charter Public School (two classes visit the farm each week) gathered up some of those beautiful leaves. Dry and crinkly, some green, all holding different shapes, the students and the farm teachers pressed and ironed the leaves for safe keeping. With fall temperatures cooling and the pending winter approaching, it was time to take and appreciate what trees and nature have delivered.
I do not know much yet about the Tree of Life synagogue, but I am reading about the central location and draw for the people in Pittsburgh who worship there and call that community home. The tree has been rattled and shaken. There will now be hopefully more than just talk and prayers about reducing the dependency on guns. There ought to also be more thoughtful discussion from politicians and citizens about health and kindness, rather than bullying speech about putting others down.
We may see it inconsistently, but I hope each day and especially Nov. 6 turns and sways more folks towards that kindness and acts of goodwill. May the trees of our lives continue to give us leaves worth saving, new leaves of hope in spring and heartfelt thoughts for the Tree of Life.