So often, Jon and I settle into our "roles" with farming, and sometimes it's worth a reminder that we are both more versatile than we give ourselves credit for. In the process of tidying my office (a CONSTANT process, if it's not me making piles of "stuff to deal with later", it's exacerbated by the fact that little Samson finds those piles irresistible to jump on and plow over), I looked up and noticed a Blush Lane flyer on the wall (the company Jon and I used to work for in Calgary, where we met when I hired him at the Farmer's Market and he quickly rose through the company to become my most valuable manager... and then we started dating and took off farming together!).
It got me thinking, since I had just challenged Jon last night to write a blog post as he works on planning this Saturday while I'm at work: that husband of mine is one amazing guy. So much more than just a farmer: He farms expertly: tending plants as carefully and precisely as though they were children, he can jump on all sorts of equipment and do things like lay plastic, weed mechanically, till, mow, clear snow-- all things that I lust after learning how to do -- he drives various trucks and forklifts, he knows how to manage pests and fertility, how to make crop plans and do seed orders, the specifics of organic farming, storage considerations, marketing considerations -- He also makes all his own beer, is a self-taught DJ on both digital and turntables, he is an amazing carpenter with intense attention to detail and a knowledge of how to do things right and well, he's great at time management and he really was a great manager at Blush Lane. More importantly, he knows how to learn-- he was my best student, and looked at all my blog posts to learn how to create beautiful produce displays (or maybe he just had a crush on me!). He's the kind of guy who picks things up, learns how to do them, and then moves onto learning the next thing. He plays the didgeridoo and made his own, he plays banjo, he's made his own shoes and loves to sew, he snowboards, he's run marathons, he's done yoga, he's tried Aquaculture and Bible College and travelled to Mexico and New Zealand twice, skydiving, working at a summer camp; he has an interest but a healthy skepticism about all things paranormal, unexplained, and otherworldly, as well as a ton of knowledge about astronomy and outer space, he's great with animals and loves kids (Yes, in the same sentence on purpose!)-- the more I think about him, the more things I realize he's interested in and has done in his 33 years.
On top of all that, he treats me like gold. One could not ask for a more loving and considerate partner, who is always thinking of me first and doing everything he can to make me happy. I must say, I am spoiled by this and don't always return the favour as completely as I could. Maybe I save it up for gushy blog posts! :P
At any rate, the point of this post was to share that Jon is also an excellent writer. Each year, Rob at Blush Lane would invite one of the managers out to the orchard. I went in 2010, and Jon went in 2011. After Jon returned, his blog post was published in our newsletter. Here's a link to the article, as well as a scan of the published piece on my wall:
So, next time you're at a farmer's market, "don't be afraid to ask where your produce is coming from. You may get to hear about one of the great people who grow our food. When you're salivating over an amazing peach in your home, you can feel good knowing you're helping one of those great farmers. Farmers who choose to grow organically, sell locally, and follow their passion by making a living farming. By taking care of their land, they're ensuring that not only their children, but also their grandchildren will have a future farming. Being a small part of this, to me, is something worth being proud of" -- Jon Jenkins
My love for this man grows and grows, and I look forward to diving in to our farming endeavors this year. I'm nervous and stressed about the details, but I know in the big picture we are on the right track, and that's really all that matters.
Off to market I go,
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