Busy Summer season, every day a blur of constant activity . . . harvesting tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, mulberries, greens, honey, making and placing signs, stocking and setting up the market, entertaining guests, students, and customers, laying amendments. And water ! Water, water, and more water ! Water from the 300 ft. well. Water for the vegetable patches, water for the trees and herbs, water for the bees, bunnies, coyotes, racoons, and cats, water for the workers and volunteers, water all around.
It’s times like these it serves us to reflect that authentic hands on agriculture–the alignment of Heavan, Human Beings, and Earth– is primarily an undertaking of peace ; peace in the moment, peace in the midst of activity, peace both in meditation and waking . . . peace all around.
Echoes and rhymes in eternity link past and future in a blessed now. Jerusalem ! More than just a geographical location : ”To storm Jerusalem, the Holy City of Peace, between the eyebrows of the ‘Son of Man’”, a notable saying a thousand years ago. Jerusalem, equally sacred to Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Jerusalem, a most ancient name, meaning “Reign of Peace”, and by assumption, “Rain of Peace”, was one of the original titles painted on the front wall of Vital Zuman Farm in 2000, as an expression of the Peaceful Alignment of Authentic, Heritage, Family Farming.
Here’s a true story from the earlier years of Vital Zuman ; the construction of the VitalZuman Farm Market and Main Gate :
In December of 2001 we started construction of the two large wooden gates that would open and close the market daily. These gates we’re very heavily built, each weighing well over three hundred pounds. This construction took a number of days, alternating workers and intensity. I realized one day, without expectation, that the gates were going to be raised on Christmas Day.
Late Christmas afternoon we had the gates completed and, as a four man team, we moved the first one into position on the hinges. To our surprise and embarrassment, we found it took all the strength, balance, and focus of all four men just to set the first one on the hinges, just so, to be properly aligned and in place. How are we going to slip in the hinge bolts ? As we’re all looking at each other in puzzlement, a young woman drives up the driveway, steps out of her car and literally says the following : “I just got in from Jerusalem, noticed the farm, and wanted to stop by.” Seeing our predicament, she stepped forward and slipped the bolts into the hinges, first the right gate and then the left, as we all strained to keep the gates in place.
This is how the Vital Zuman Main Gates were set, without forethought, Christmas Day, 2001, the first Christmas of the new Millennium.
Come visit the farm. We are open nearly every day of the year. Currently the hours open are 8am to 6pm. We usually run ten to fourteen days, all day, before we’re tired enough to be closed a day. We have fresh-harvested, organic food items you can only access here. And more importantly, A PLACE OF PEACE.
OM, HOME, SHALOM, SALAAM, PEACE, AMEN