Vegetable farming is physically strenuous. There are lots of repetitive actions, for example the way the arm moves to twist a kale leaf from the plant when harvesting 75 bunches of kale (that is upwards of 1125 arm twists!), or squatting and scooting along an aisle while planting. We depend on our bodies to do these things. If we are injured, it has the potential to change how much food we can produce and whether we can support ourselves. We walk this fine line, pushing our bodies to do a little more, and at the same time, treating them as carefully as we can.
This is all to say, Jim has hip bursitis from his old job. When if first started to be a problem, he stretched carefully and tried to take it easy on it but, when it didn’t get better, he went to the doctor. The good news is that it isn’t permanent and it isn’t from farming. As many of you know Jim worked as a surveyor before he came to work on the farm. As you may not know, surveying is equally physically demanding. Jim trudged through woods and over walls with many pounds of gear. Lifting all this heavy from low leverage positions caused the bursitis.
While we figured out what was going on we got a behind at the farm, mostly in the form of weeds. The way we laid out the year relied on having both of us in top form. Now, if he was completely healed now, we would likely be okay. We would whirlwind up to ship shape. The tough part is Jim’s body needs rest and time to heal and go needs to go to physical therapy during a time of year when labor demands at the farm are high.
So to help quell the craziness and balance out the workload, we brought on the Kelsey! She is inspired, determined, and a pleasure to work with. We can already see her increasing farm productivity! We have also been gifted with two regular volunteers. Lara, a friend with food interests, farm experience, and a desire to be outside, has been coming on the regular and it has been beyond helpful. We are also lucky enough to have my mom, Sally, helping every day. She retired this year and is putting almost all of the energy that her job required into the farm. With this new 5 person, 2 dog team, we are gaining on the tasks that slipped away. It seems like if we keep our heads down and don’t despair when we look at the long long list of things to do, we are going to round the bend. Send us your healing wishes.