Week 13: August 24-30
Soil Sisters, Nevada City, CA
Full Belly Farm!
On the road...
where the flowers roam free
There is no use in trying to keep the farm outside, and if you count the flowers in Maisie's home, my guess is she didn't put up a fight.
Full Belly Farm is a Shangri La of healthy soil, vibrant people, and LOTS of ripe food.
F O O D
Sally Fox grows colored cotton. This plant has fuschia flowers and pods and produces green cotton!
As we walked through the fields, Sally pointed at the millet and black-eyed peas, "You know, every plant you see someone breed, someone became enamored by that plant." Walking with Sally made every living thing come alive with a love story hidden behind their leaves.
Here, Maisie shows Lake evidence of their leaf lettuce harvesting. The row on the right was picked this week, and the row on the left will be harvested for next week's farmers' market. Week after that, the row on the right will be ready to harvest again! In this productive soil and with their farming skill, Maisie and
Willow get three cuttings from their leaf lettuce. It is one of their main crops; they've harvested over 800 pounds this season alone! They also grow laying hens, bees, a variety of vegetables and--perhaps a Shifting Gears first--flowers!
We published the Soil Sisters' maifesto because we believe it showcases the pinnacle of feminine wisdom. And, we believe in it.
A Working Manifesto
To create an entity that can give us the strength, validation, and support we need. To pursue farming by our own standards of success and health. To value women’s voices and women’s wisdom. To celebrate the slowness of seasons, the patience of god, the beauty under our feet, between our hands, and in the river. To lift up song, dance, prayer, reflection, celebration, communication, growth. To let ourselves be overwhelmed with delight and joy, and overwhelmed with heartache and loss, and to hold space for both. To hold each other up, to hold each other accountable, and to honestly and gently express our needs. To daily affirm one another, and to appreciate the presence, heart, and skill each woman brings. To recognize our different paths and goals, and to revel in our ability to weave them together. To lead with confidence and flair. To do what feels right. To change our internalized doubts and pains into healing and positive action. To inspire and empower other women in all facets of their lives. To include men to participate and share in our vision. To take the time to enjoy the fruits of our labors – cooking slow dinners, eating carrots in the field, and drawing, painting, and photographing what inspires us. To dig, cultivate, seed, transplant, sweat and move with intention and self-awareness. To value and love ourselves deeply. To practice self-care. To practice kindness and compassion. To commit to living fully and joyfully.
- Maisie & Willow