New Year's Day 2017
Our working year usually begins with a trip to the Oxford Real Farming Conference. This year, delegates are invited to bring a sample of soil from their land or any land that has some meaning: this could range from one's farm, to a local park, to even a building site! Every bit of soil has its own story, and ORFC invites delegates to share this story, whilst adding to a soil sculpture…
The invitation included this quotation from Wendell Berry
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”
We gathered some soil from Macbiehill organic agroforestry (the 2016 potato patch) and will take it with us. On this first walk of the farm we shared the tranquillity of the pond with a pair of swans.