I remember my first harvest festival like it was yesterday. I was about 5 years old, it was in San Francisco, & there was a band playing Earth Wind & Fire. My Dad, brothers & I danced & danced amongst hay bales, wheat stalks, pumpkins & corn ~ all of which had been imported to the Civic Center! Truly an urban farm experience. And I think that's when I first became a farmgirl at heart.
I can't imagine a more important tradition for our family than our annual trek to the Hoes Down Harvest Festival. All of our favorite organic farmers bring their family, friends, staff, customers & their family & friends together for one giant 2-day hootenany of games, music, storytelling, crafts, dancing, food, workshops, rivertubing, & harvesting. It's where we always are, without fail, the first weekend of October.
The Hoes Down spirit is truly a magical blend of goodness, community, rural beauty & play, that works it's charm into every aspect of our lives throughout the year. Some moments that are finding their way into our home:
1. It's time to make some new dolls. There's new babies in our lives, & the Waldorf Doll-making process is always a great check-in for me. As I work I hear the woman who taught me whispering, "every stitch reflects your consciousness."