With Purpose

Lately, I’m really in love with this quote. It encapsulates the work of mindful parenting. It encompasses the Big-Hearted Families approach to life. 
And it feels like pretty solid advice (be patient, take the long view) for a newbie agricultural dabbler planning a small orchard. 
I’ve selected a location – namely, a patch of lawn we’ll never play on. I’ve identified my favorite varieties of apples, pears, and plums, thanks to the UMN extension service. Plus, I’ve found my nursery and priced out the project. 
The next step? I have all winter to identify the sister plants in what will be a permaculture, or companion planted home orchard. Apples and chives make good neighbors, as do plums and wild indigo.Strawberries pair well with almost any young fruit trees. 
I have plenty to learn about the actual planting, fertilizing, pruning, and pest control involved, but I’m looking forward to this project, and I am rather optimistic that I will one day sit in the shade of today’s graph-paper trees.

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