I learned something today.....something I knew but didn't understand: IT IS UNDENIABLE THAT EVERY LIVING THING NEEDS TO BE FREE. It is instinctual...not something that needs to be learned.
Every morning once it's light outside, the ducks start to clamor to be let out. I really don't like to let them out until at least 11:00 am to be sure they lay their eggs INSIDE the hutch instead of OUTSIDE the hutch in the brush, but this time of year they aren't laying eggs so it isn't as much of an issue. But, I like to keep things fairly routine so I tried to wait until 11:00 this morning, however, the ruckus outside went on and on and on until I thought I was going to go nuts, so I let them out at about 9:00 am. As soon as they saw me coming to open the gate they went nuts and the volume increased. I opened the gate and they all come boiling out, quacking away like crazy, ready to take care of business....
By the time I entered the house they had quieted down and seemed happy. Then....about an hour later I happened to glance out the window and this is what I saw....
They were all back inside the hutch, quiet and sleeping. Now, just why was is SO important to get out if they are back inside in less than an hour? And then it occurred to me.....they desire to be free. They desire to be free to choose to go out if they wish...even if it's better to be inside.
I just stood at the window and marveled at the deep truth.....the universal impact...I feel like I learned something truly profound today.
THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.
To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:
P O Box 6021
Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org