As the second season of Origins comes to a close, we look back and appreciate how the cafe takes on the life cycle of the plants which we depend on. Spring explodes with a great flood of new ideas and connections to explore. Long summer days of steady growth gracefully shift to fleeting, colorful days of fall when we channel our energy in new directions. Plants set seed, and seeds take flight before frost falls upon upstate New York.

Through food, our hope is to share this connection to the ever-shifting offerings of the seasons. Food can nourish more than our bodies by connecting us to the community and to the earth. We want to thank the beautiful array of people who helped us work toward this mission this year. For every spinach seedling transplanted, every onion chopped, every leaf of kale picked, every farmers market excursion - we give infinite thanks to the Origins family who joined us from all over the world and created this experience over the past six months.

While we have participated in work-trade exchanges on farms around the world through the WWOOF network in the past, this was our first season hosting volunteers. What an inspiration to receive such a flood of interest from people all around the world who seek opportunity to learn and contribute to the sustainable food movement! Every single volunteer to join us has been such a gift, and brought with them a unique talent and desire for new experience. Andy (New Jersey), Estelle & Marie (France), Tom (Israel/NYC), Annie (Colorado), Abdul & Carrie (Ohio), Eduardo (Italy) & Rocio (Chile) - infinite thanks for your powerful energy and for all that you taught us. We will continue doing our best to provide a space for volunteers to explore the the movement towards a good, clean, fair food system, and hopefully open doors to new opportunities.

Eduardo (Italy), Rocio (Chile), Abdul & Carrie (Ohio)

Eduardo (Italy), Rocio (Chile), Abdul & Carrie (Ohio)

Estelle & Marie (France)

Estelle & Marie (France)

Cali & Andy (New Jersey)

Cali & Andy (New Jersey)

Dana & Tom (Israel/NYC)

Dana & Tom (Israel/NYC)

Team O - September 2013

Team O - September 2013

Next season, we are excited to expand our educational outreach to the local high school so that students can learn about travel possibilities through the WWOOF network. Together we can empower youth to become active participants in the youth food movement which is gaining momentum across the globe.

Now we depart on winter adventures, and this year we'll split forces to explore food and culture around the world. Kristen is venturing east to Thailand, India and Nepal; while Dana & Sandy traverse the United States by bicycle.

 

Look forward to tales from the road!

Love,
Team Origins

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