Potato seeds were stored over winter in the cellar. Then we planted each potato with intention, placing it with the sprouts pointing upwards as you would a bulb.
We did our very best at this work. And now, we hand over control. It is no longer in our power to control the weather, plant growth or the size of the potato crop, that will lay hidden underground until harvest.
But we can pause to give thanks and ask that the crop be protected. On April 27th, a service will be held in the valley’s chapel. It is a special time when villagers come together to ask for a good harvest and that God bless their work and give them a good year, and good weather.
On August 6th, the chapel will be open again for a second service, this time to be thankful for the hay and wheat harvests and to pray for the vegetables still growing in the garden.
We give thanks for this miracle of new life, of spring, of nurturing, of Mother Earth who provides, of food and farming.