I spent my morning and early afternoon today out in my hoophouses, slowly and methodically picking my winter greens, leaf by leaf.
There's been a lot to think about now the big event is over, and lots of things to catch up on that sort of got put on the back burner.
Was the event a success? Oh yes, I think it was.
I knew it was because of the enthusiasm, smiles and general all around great feeling of the event. And people came out..that's the big thing. Snow-what snow? Biggest storm in the past five years the day and night before? Ha! There were seeds to trade and buy and people to talk to and listen to who were talking about gardening!
Thank you, thank you to everyone who came out and supported the event this year. Thanks to all who displayed, sold, traded seed or just came to soak it all up. You all made it a great event. I know some didn't venture out judging from all the phone and email messages I received when I finally made it home. I'm so sorry you missed it, but planning and event in February is always iffy. Two years in a row the weather has been far from ideal. Much like farming the weather can make it or break it. It was nice it didn't break us.
When I stared planning this event many months ago, I wasn't really event sure the event would happen because a suitable and affordable venue seemed to be alluding me.
But when I went to Glengate Alliance Church to take a look-see I knew we had a home. Marlene, the church secretary could not have been more helpful or accommodating and I am so thankful for her help. She made sure everything was in place, made signs for me and spent the whole day at the event helping out. Thanks Marlene, without you it wouldn't have been as good as it was.
Thanks to my great friends who come as a favour to me every single year to help out. You are amazing friends and I am blessed to have you in my life.
A huge thanks to Penfinancial for donating $250 towards this event and Jean for setting that up for me. You are tremendous. I never know for sure every year that my costs will actually be covered so this was a huge help. And thanks all for donations at the door. I have $418.00 to donate to Project Share . I am thrilled!
Thanks to Gavin for being my tech person all day. Without you those little glitches would have been big problems.
Special thanks to my wonderful speakers, Elva, Tiffany, Theresa, Karen and Kate. Kate drove for 7 hours (!!!) on Friday in that snow to be with us. Amazing. And Karen brought "the fella" with her.
Final thanks go to The Good Earth Cooking School, Adriano Marinelli and Terra Teas for your donations. I am very appreciative of your fine products and have no doubt the recipients of your gifts are too.
And just a little note about my daughter Mollie. Mollie raised an incredible $128.00 that she will donate to Niagara Action for Animals. She's spent the last several weeks creating jewelry for this purpose, and I couldn't be prouder. This girl is a force (of good) to be reckoned with.
Thanks everyone. Love and garden blessings to all.