“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.” Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America, Culture and Agriculture
Origin's fourth growing season was a beautiful testament of this truth, of soil as the great connector of lives. As our roots continue to go deep, we feel the nourishment of those who join us around the table with shared dreams for the future of food.
Each season, we are privileged to host a team of volunteers and co-workers who are seeking connection to soil, to land, to community. We give our thanks to the team that made this season possible. First to our dear Andy and Howie, who fueled the fire, bringing the fruits of our passions into manifestation all season long - one quiche and one pancake at a time.
This year we had the special opportunity to host family members, two talented young women with great potential to bring positive change to the world with their gifts. For several months we hosted our Canadian cousin, Becca, who shared with us her musical gifts and good humor around the campfire. Aly shared her great artistic abilities making signage, that now bedecks our food truck and cafe.
We were inspired by Meghan from Virginia, who joined us through the WWOOF network, an adventurous world traveler and teacher. Mahan Deva from California shared with us her electrifying passion for the delicious union of beauty, vitality and nutrition through her masterful raw food creations. A beautiful young Japanese family shared their passion for learning through cultural exchange, as they travel the world collecting recipes and experience to inspire their own new restaurant endeavor in Japan.
All of these wonderful individuals nourished the soil of Origins with their adventurous spirits. And they made all of our efforts serving the community possible. Together we joined forces with Springbrook to build a garden for the Cooperstown Food Pantry. We held fundraisers help people in need rebuild after hardship - from Nepal to Jordanville. We served local, organic food to wonderful folks at The Smithy, The Art Association, The Otsego Land Trust, and Cooperstown Rotary, and for many of our friend's wedding festivities.
Thanks to all who made this growing season possible!
Kristen & Dana