In the fall of 2017, I accepted a position with an airline headquartered in Cheyenne, WY, and moved to a job in Utah the following January. I have been working in Utah ever since; I am on an extended leave due to COVID, so I am home again this summer working on the farm full-time. It has been a blessing. Though it took much work to get my garden up and running after over two years of reduced activity, I am successfully growing an assortment of vegetables. I have been preparing a bed for garlic in the fall.
I am always in awe of how this land rewards me even amid seeming neglect. Since coming home, I have harvested young garlic and green onions that volunteered from previous seasons, rhubarb, mint, thyme, and oregano. Two French Lavender plants that I thought would not have thrived are now doing excellently. I long for the day when I can devote most of my time to regenerative farming, but for now, I savor this summer that has been a welcome opportunity amid a global crisis.