Poem: Harvest by Brit Washburn

On the kitchen counter, three ripe tomatoes,
a heap of sweet onions, a pile of potatoes

caked with dirt, but sacred for that,
like calloused hands from work, or the skin’s

star-chart of scars–here, where the nail went in,
here the dog’s teeth, here the knife;

here, where the scalding water spilled, here,
where the car door slammed closed; here

where our children grew like ripe fruit,
here, where your mouth named the hurt–

faint now, like the taste of rain in wine,
or the sense of something missing,

or the memory of our bodies
as gardens before the harvest.

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Caitlin Brady is excited for the opportunity to work as the farmer in residence at Heritage Creek Farm this coming season. Caitlin spent her childhood and teenage years on a diversified family farm in Northwestern Missouri. She has worked on a variety of farms, ranging from the bountiful fields of tobacco, grapes, corn and soy in Missouri, to the coffee cliffs of Guatemala, organic heirloom vegetables in Silver Spring, PA, and organic cranberry bogs of Cape Cod, MA. In 2010 she rode the train to Lancaster, PA and witnessed for the first time the rich agricultural heritage this county has to offer. It was love at first sight and in 2011 she settled in among the bountiful farm fields of Lancaster County where she started Blue Rock Farm, an organic vegetable farm and CSA. Blue Rock Farm is committed to being a good neighbor in our community and a careful steward of the land. We grow healthy, tasty vegetables without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Our gardens and greenhouse are Pennsylvania Certified Organic.

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