Monday was a beautiful day. The sun came out after rain, which we needed badly. The mood was good, people were smiling. Andrew and Olivia were preparing to seed cover crops all over the farm. We are anticipating rainfall on Tuesday so Monday is the key day to spread rye and clover seed. This is a big deal because we all know it is a huge step in taking care of the soil, preventing soil erosion, and adding carbon from the atmosphere to the soil.
Meanwhile, Benjamin and his friend Rayshed were harvesting restaurant orders, and encountered one challenge after another. The cilantro was damaged, the salad turnips were too big or too small. Then the water stopped flowing. What?? Sean checked everything out, and determined the pump was dead. No worries, we have a backup pump! He pulled the old, dead pump out, and put the backup pump down the well. He hooked it up, it turned on, made a noise, but it didn’t pump any water. Now we’re trying not to panic. Tomorrow is our biggest harvest day of the week, and we have 10 people living on the farm who need to cook, wash, and drink. I called David, who was building displays at the Market: “I think you better buy another pump.”