The sun is bright today, and I can almost taste the vitamin D! Snow is not in the immediate forecast (though I have stopped listening), mountains of snow and talons of ice are actually starting to show signs of recession, I even saw a yellow jacket! While on a peaceful, much needed walk around campus, I was unable to find a budding branch or a green shoot to declare that spring is definitively in the air. Can you tell I’m totally over winter?
And there’s another sign of a new season: our seed order arrived! Spring must be near, right? Please humor me if you must. I’m going to take this special delivery as a definite indicator. Who knows, maybe it won’t be long before the first snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) that we planted in the fall emerges from the white blanket covering our landscape. There are just so many things to look forward to: seeding and transplanting, building tepees and trellis’ for climbing plants, eating fresh food right from the source, watching students buzz excitedly around the garden as nature unfolds in front of their very eyes. And most immediately, the warming up of daytime temperatures which signal the fact that we are right on the crest of maple syruping! Keep a look out for a post in the next two weeks highlighting students tapping trees, collecting sap, learning about the evaporator and enjoying maple tea. Mmmm, I can’t wait!