Apr 242014


tomato seed
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written,’He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor, His righteousness endures forever.’Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;” 2 Corinthians 9:8-10

The past few weeks my Wednesday night study with the kids at church has been focused on stewardship. It has provoked some thoughts about how I use my time, resources and abilities. It is so easy to get caught up in the things of this world. However, Jesus told us, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

One good picture of stewardship is Jesus’ parable of three servants which a master entrusted some money to according to their capabilities. The parable is from Matthew 25:13-30. Basically two of the servants took what they were entrusted with, used it to invest with, and doubled their allotment through their investments. Being foolish, the third servant hid what was entrusted to him so that he would not lose it. Upon his return the master settled accounts with each of his servants. His two wise servants were commended but the foolish one had his allotment taken from him and given to the servant entrusted with the most.

This illustration can be paralleled with my garden seeds. I can hold onto those seeds and do nothing with them. Seeds have the capability to grow and produce a harvest but I must first be willing to use them. I make the investment of planting, watering and tending them with the expectancy of receiving a larger return than what I invested in them.

The first passage quoted in 2 Corinthians shows how God gives the increase of seed so we can sow it again. My question is am I being a good steward of what the Lord has entrusted to my care so He can see that the return on His investment is good enough that He can entrust me with more?

We’ll see how the Lord leads but I may have a few more things to share about stewardship in the next few weeks.

Shifting gears!
Everyone wide awake to the fact that spring is pretty much here? Wow has it been a beautiful spring thus far! Gear shifting is working up to high speed now!young greens mix

Our big hoophouse is nearly in full production now! We have at least some of all the greens we’re raising this season available now! Everything from lettuce, spinach, greens mixes, mustard and kale to radishes and soon white spring turnips!

Available to order for the first time this year we are offering a “spring greens” and “zesty spring greens” mix. This mix will be comprised of a variety of greens like our “young greens” mix offered in other years but from the more mature, tender, delicious greens. You can have a mixed greens salad ready to chop in one sack!

To see a full listing of the produce currently available and prices please check our home page.

Our really cold late freeze a couple weeks back nipped even some of the closed strawberry blossom buds so they won’t produce, but thankfully our main season blooms just beginning to open now seem to be undamaged. Looking forward to 2014’s strawberry harvest!

Since the last farm update we’ve planted our last seeding of beets and white spring turnips. The tomato plants are transplanted into our large soil blocks and hardening off in the big hoop house. Pepper plants are ready to set out as soon as we see what kind of blackberry storm is coming. Possibly as soon as next week we may plant the majority of our other garden seeds!

G-Jean and I had a fun and blessed time seeing if we could speed plant by hand an estimated 500+ broccoli and cabbage plants. The Lord helped everything go smoothly so we could spread/rake in the natural fertilizer, remove the plants from the six packs, drop and plant them in around 2-1/2 to 3 hours! It was truly a blessing from the Lord to be able to get all that done.

What a blessing to have a little rain shower the other day! While we don’t have a rain gauge out I estimate we got between 1/10 to 2/10 of an inch. Not a lot nor as much as other areas around but I’m certainly thankful the Lord provided it for us. Due to the dry weather I have had to water the shallow rooted garden crops. There is some moisture down a little ways for which I’m very thankful for.

Time to get back outside and get to work! 🙂

May you have a blessed week!
Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell crew