For the last month and a half, I have been sowing the seeds for the thousands of vegetable and fruit transplants we plant in the fields. I’ve often said that these are my “babies”. Well, the more I think about it, the whole growing cycle is a lot like raising children. We “sow” seeds for children and they are born. We provide food and water, keep them warm, protect them from illness, keep them clean, educate them, and generally care for them. They start to grow and get stronger and more resilient. And finally, they become productive members of society.

On the farm, we do the same with our transplant babies. We sow the seeds which germinate into seedlings. We fertilize, water, and keep them warm in the greenhouse while they are starting out. When they first go in the fields, we put row covers on them to keep them warm during the cooler spring weather. We take measures to prevent disease, keep the weeds out, and even train some of them using stakes and netting. And finally, they start giving back by producing fruits and vegetables. And just like raising children, it’s a lot of hard work, but oh, so rewarding.