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Posted 5/23/2016 7:02pm by Shiloh Avery.

Sage with lightning hands!


When my mother visited this past spring, she brought her laptop so I could see some of her travel pictures.  But on it were some old pictures of Tumbling Shoals Farm.  I found myself perusing these old photos and thinking, “I’ve got to get her some new pictures!”  Just a few years ago, our farm looked very different.  We were younger and dumber, as it turns out.  

So then I looked back at the blog for several years ago.  Back to our second year here.  I was managing alone and I had one part time employee.  Jason still worked “off” the farm and traveled a lot.  I looked at a blog from around this time of year and it was all about how I couldn’t get things done.  I was barely keeping afloat (literally! 2009 was a year of the flood) and I struggled to figure out efficiency,  “I swore off the word ‘efficient’ this weekend.  I knew I was risking institutionalization for obsessive-compulsive disorder if I said it one more time.“ (Me, 2009) 

It gives one a sense of perspective when one looks back at the past.  I mean, look at how far we’ve come.  Look at all that we’ve learned.  Look how much better farmers we are!  We grew to understand efficiency, figured out how many people to employ and how to train them toward an efficient end.   

It was a well-timed trip into the past.  May is our busiest month ever and it’s a short route toward overwhelmed.  So it’s nice to look back and realize how far you’ve come.


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