Hampden Farms 2019 Update!

Not one of my plans for this summer worked out and it's for the best! I planned to break ground on our farm, and harvest local flowers all summer long. I wanted to be a part of the fixing food insecurity movement, but I just couldn’t make it happen. Then our summer travel plans fell through. I was annoyed, grumpy, and bored, with an unexpectedly cleared schedule.

You know the saying, when one door closes ...

Amen for meditation and mindfulness!!! I went from being in deep self pity about my summer plans going left, to attending the Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) Herbalism Certification Program as a Veterans to Farmers (VTF) ambassador with a partial scholarship. Not only that but I am working as a graduate assistant for the this year's VTF class at DBG Chatfield Farms. I totally underestimated the amount of knowledge I would be trying to absorb, but it's been completely worth it!

If I knew exactly what the next steps for our farm will be, I’d tell you. But I am learning to focus on the season I am actually in. Not the season I fantasized about all winter. The truth is I never fantasize about the storms. I think of golden sunsets and sunrises, no mosquitoes and what is hail? That delusional type of thinking doesn't work in farming or any other part of my life.

I look forward to implementing and sharing what I am learning in the herbalism program and on the farm in combating food insecurity for those most impacted.

Thanks for your time

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