February is here and I am reminded that winter has its firm grasp on us. Winter is a time when we slow down, just as our New England landscape does. Surrendering to the rhythm of each season’s developments and dormancies is to savor the secret of living well.
After listening to January’s speaker Joseph Tychonievich, I chuckled at the gyrations I go through each fall to over-winter my treasured annuals in my basement. Last season, I acquired a Magnolia which has joined the group of Ferns, Begonias, Hibiscus, and an Olive tree that take up occupancy in the basement each winter.
The Symposium Committee, headed by Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, is gathering (virtually) to plan the 2022 event. Anyone interested in getting involved in the planning of this biennial tradition should let Mary Anna know by calling her at (860) 529-8713 or sending her an email at [email protected].
Our February speaker, Rodger Phillips will discuss what it takes to work the land at his local Sub Edge Farm. Rodger and wife Isabelle were selected from over a dozen proposals to lease the farm. They chose the name ‘Sub Edge’ in deference to the time the property was owned by Theodate Pope. CT Hort member and writer Jody Morgan has written a great article on the history of the farm which offers cognizance of how deep our farming roots reach here in Connecticut.