Work Manifestation

Very typical of this time of year, I was looking around at tasks piling up. Fall carrots – man, I’ve got to plant you. Tomato trellising – boy, you’re half-way done, but you need to be full done. Onions needing weeding, composting needing spreading…should I go on?

I’m at least smart enough to know when I see a trainwreck coming. I need some help! Call it the collective unconscious, manifesting energy, or the work of God, the universe does respond. In the past week, I have had a person looking for work just show up, and had many unexpected moments of people chipping in.

Olesya, her husband, and two young boys and her family fled Ukraine in March, certainly never thinking she’d be pulling weeds at Lida Farm. As a refugee in a kind of legal limbo with rent payments and bills looming, Olesya is grateful for the work and I’m grateful for the help. She’s lasted a solid two days so far and gotten a sunburn. Myself, I’m just grateful for google translate since my Ukrainian is non-existent.

Olesya and her husband, Vova, at their community garden plot in Pelican Rapids Photo from

Throw in Archer deciding to go to college in Canada, pushing the start of school off along with his departure from MN, along with a Ryan and his daughter Rinley pitching in for an hour on Saturday, and yes it’s one of those moments when I feel that we get what we seek.

In the box:

  • Zucchini
  • Green Curly Kale
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Radishes
  • Salad Mix : The greens in the bag – these are all
  • Greenleaf Lettuce
  • Kohlrabi: Yes, people almost always peel and eat fresh, but I added the video below because he gives instruction on how to cook (with the greens)…I chose it in part because he got all Midwestern and threw shredded cheese on top. I haven’t tried this, but I might.
  • Cucumber
  • Fresh Basil

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