Everything Starts In The Fall

I like to tell people that the farm season begins in the fall. It's not what you expect to hear. Most people assume it all gets going in the spring. And while it is true that it does "get going" in the spring, there is also a lot that must happen before the "going" can "get".

I mean, you can't have a green bud unless you first have a seed. And that seed is put in place.... way back in the fall (or late summer). See what I mean? I'm not talking about action. Action is spring (its right there in the name). I'm talking about getting things in place. Getting ready. That all STARTS happening now.

For the last few weeks, we've been working half days in the field. We've taken part of each day to do some reviewing and planning. It was important that we do this right after the action dies down so that ALLL the information of the season is still in our head (mostly). We also need to do it now because Jed, and Joel E. leave early November and we wanted their heads in on the wrangling. The more minds we can have pouncing on the plans, the better those plans are likely to be. The more voices we have critiquing what happened the better we can break it down.

And, it just feels good to decompress it all! We've been banging through this work and grumbling at the irritations and marveling at the sweet spots all season, but at breakneck speed--now we get to sit back and talk about it! It feels good. And making plans about how to address all those things that didn't quite click and make them all so much better... well that's exciting too!

All fall we like to say that "EVERYTHING will be PERFECT next year!" It's a well worn phrase we like to throw around when we're reveling in all our exciting plans and designs for fixing our pet peevs from the past season.