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6/26/12- A day in the life of an urban farmer in Michigan.

My day starts early... 7am or so, and I rush out the door to get to work despite my little guy's protests.




I drive and am happy to see one of my friend's yarn-bombs!




I get to work and check in with the clients and prepare them for a volunteer event that afternoon. (I'm the gardener at a residential drug/alcohol treatment facility)


Back home around 8:30. 


I check on the chickens.




Morning ritual.


Give the little some food while I wake up and plan the day.


Time to harvest for market.




Jeff is up and working on breakfast. 


Lettuce mix.


Vera wakes up and is feeling sweet and happy. She says hi to me through the window.


I harvest microgreens. We sell sunflower, pea, radish, and broccoli.


Breakfast. 


Harvest is good today- plenty of microgreens, kale, mustard, and lettuces.


I also harvest the first of our beets this season, but I'm keeping those for ourselves...


Lots of washing.


Asa is whiny and making it hard to work, so we set him up with a Sesame Street.


I start packing everything up.




Vera stops me and launches into a long monologue about the game she's playing. 


I load up crafty things to sell.


Nap time for Asa.


At this point I have to leave to go back to work to greet the group of volunteers. Jeff loads up and carts the kids off to market while I work with a half a dozen people constructing trellises for tomatoes growing in the hoop house. We have a pretty good time, despite the heat under all that plastic. 




I leave early to make it back for market. I go home first, I'm feeling all grimy and sweaty and decide to change.


Market.


The boys are holding down the fort with the kids. We share a booth with another urban farm- a couple of our best friends who live on the other side of town.


We enjoy our new sign.


My friend B (owner at Walnut Grove Urban Farm LLC, and mrsbenglish) arrives with their daughter to help out. She is a little down, and is tired of being pregnant. She is 42 weeks along and ready to be done.


Vera and their daughter Lilly play with other kids at market and get to make bracelets and headbands. They stay occupied almost the whole time at market.


Sweet Asa prefers to stay with us.


A fellow farmer asks to buy some of our garlic today for a market they are going to the next day, so I grab Asa and make the quick trip home to dig some for her.


We play with the dog for a minute.


Then I pull up a dozen heads of garlic. 6 hardneck and 6 softneck. They look and smell so good just coming out of the ground.




Back. Sales are good today, it seems, even though our table is a little emptier than usual.


It's close to 6 now, so we count out and record what we made.


Load up and make dinner plans with our partners. We plan to meet back at our house.




Back home we unload and I water the garden. It's been so hot lately with constant promises of rain, but it never seems to come.


We get to work on dinner. Before:


After.


Dinner is pesto ciabatta with microgreens and fresh mozzarella. 


We also make a simple pasta and make a sauce with leftovers. Easy fare.


Kids are starving so we serve them first.


Then we eat.


We relax and talk about how to get baby to decide it's time to come out. Asa kisses the belly and says "Come out baaaaby!! We want you ouuuut!" 


We get all the kids ready for bed and split up to get them to sleep. Our friends decide to stay so Lilly goes down in the guest room.


We make banana chai milkshakes for dessert.


The boys end up in the man-cave.


The girls end up vegging out in front of the tv. 


That's all I had energy for- our friends left around 11, and we joked about how she'd call later when she's in labor. Sure enough, at 1:15am I get a call because her water broke. We all go back to bed, and at around 6:30 I got another call asking me to come to the birth (I was asked to help out and take care of big sister if needed). At 10:49am I had the incredible privilege of witnessing the birth of this little boy (an amazing HBAC!). A good day and a half, I say. 



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