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Hope Springs Eternal

February 13th, 2017

Gail Taylor manages 3 Part Harmony Farm in Washington, DC

I spent most of the winter away from DC this year, and I’m happy to report that I returned renewed and refreshed. Almost a dozen times over the last two months, I got the flight safety spiel, you know: “put on your oxygen mask first, before assisting others in need.”

Perhaps because I spend every day of every week either at a vegetable farm or at a yoga studio, the importance of self-care is always at the front of my mind.

Whether it’s taking the time to make nutritious meals for myself, carving out time to focus on mindful breathing and meditation, putting my hands in the soil, or fiercely guarding my 30 min. morning coffee/ newspaper ritual, I want to focus this year on making sure that my tank is always full before stepping outside to face each day.

I hope you’ll do the same, and realize that it’s necessary not selfish.

Eating well and engaging with plants every day is a great way to stay on track with a self care routine. Three Part Harmony Farm offers a few ways to bring these kinds of opportunities into your life. Planting a garden is a great way! I recently was at a local female owned hardware store – Annie’s Ace Hardware in Brookland, NE Washington, DC.

I answered seed starting questions and brought all of my seed catalogues and offered everyone a chance to VOTE for the tomato varieties we’ll grow this season.

I encourage you to grow your own garden! Immense joy comes from caring for plants whether on your balcony, in your backyard, or at your community garden. Three Part Harmony Farm is proud to partner with Annie’s Ace Hardware (in Petworth and Brookland, Washington, DC) to sell healthy starts that are specifically chosen for their ability to thrive in this region. We expect to have spring seedlings available as early as mid-march: stay tuned!

I wish everyone a happy, healthy 2017,

Gail

For you local to Washington, DC, we’re taking sign ups for our 2017 CSA now, online. The full season members pay for 23 weeks during a 33-week period (that goes from April – November) so you skip any 10 weeks you like without missing out! In addition to being flexible, the share is a multi-farm offering that includes non-produce items such as seedlings, flowers, eggs, mushrooms and medicinal herbs. Sign up here.

 Gail Taylor is the owner/ operator of Three Part Harmony Farm, a vegetable operation located on the grounds of the Oblate residence, Washington, DC.  A longtime resident of the District, Taylor has worked in the Latin America Solidarity community, with affordable housing organizations, and now with the food sovereignty movement. A farmer, yogi and social justice activist, Taylor lives in an intentional community in Petworth, NE Washington, DC.

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