By Paul Myers
– Piece originally published in The Gibsons Farm Collective Newsletter –
I figure old hippies never die, they just keep singing “Turn Turn Turn.” With a nod to Pete Seeger and the Biblical writer of Ecclesiastes (3,000 years previously), it was the Byrds – to you youngins’, the inventors of folk rock – who had us all humming the tune (and who made a zillion bucks on it).
To everything turn, turn, turn
There is a season turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose
Whoever gets the credit, there’s a lot of wisdom in those words. Though we humans fairly worship predictability and fixed realities, the deeper reality (and to quote another world religion) is “impermanence is the only constant.” The real trick in life is to embrace this truth, however awkwardly the hug feels, and to rejoice at the new opportunities that await us around that next bend of mystery.
So here we are to tell you about a next bend, and about how exceptional our nine-year run with the Gibsons Farm Collective has been. Perhaps you go back that far with us, back when farmers Dawn, Linda and Katie were freaking out every Thursday over at the Green Room Organics shed to serve twenty or so customers. We’ve grown hugely since then, in every season turning…to every purpose.
So again, as the gracefully aging Dawn and Paul now hand over proprietorship of GFC to Michelle Butti of Sun Creek Farms. Michelle and her spouse Steve are mainstays in the GFC already, providing us with their heavenly products for many years. Their farm is located exactly across the road from our northern property border, on Russell, so the food pickup will be just spitting distance from us (we’ll see you there!). We are elated that amidst changes the GFC carries on, by such capable successors, and with a new burst of vision for local food sovereignty. We are also grateful again for you, for supporting this most worthy cause, the cause of healthy food and a strong community.
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap.
Paul and Dawn