Autumn Equinox Note From Evan Marks
We are grateful to summer for its long days, abundant harvest and steady warmth. We spend our days outside seeking both shade and sun depending on the hour.
But as summer turns to fall, we love the opportunity to pause and look ahead at what the new season will bring.
On this fall equinox we are seeking balance. Balance of light and dark. Balance of activity and recharge. On this day, September 22, one of two days a year in which the amount of daylight and night are equal.
When we start thinking about being in this new season, it’s not about being on the beach or in the field, it’s about being inside our homes with our friends and family. I love fall because we’ve worked so hard, not just at The Ecology Center, but in agriculture in general. After a hot summer, we’re loving this cool weather, the beginning of rains, and it just feels like the pace can start to slow into a more natural rhythm — a rhythm that the waning sunlight dictates for us. These are some of the general senses I gather from this special time of year.
As we move into this new season at The Ecology Center, we transition into our MAKE initiative, which is centered around celebrating the culture of “handmade.” We like to turn the spotlight on craft and handmade goods because we’re moving into a holiday season, a season of giving, where we’re consuming at a higher rate and it’s more important than ever to be mindful with how we spend our dollars. By focusing on things made with integrity, we’re able to bring light to conscious consumption and to real people making real things.
You see this shift mirrored in agriculture as well, as things move from a harvesting mindset to a cottage industry. When summer growth slows down, you’re able to start making candles, fix the barn and work on things you might not have had the ability to when you had to manage the crazy amount of plant growth that was happening in the warm, long days of summer.
After I graduated college, I spent time on a homestead in Northern California. At Camp Joy, when fall came around, we were inside making wreaths out of the dried flowers we had harvested, making preserves and jams out of fruit and vegetables we had grown, and making beeswax candles with the wax from the bees we raised. With Handmade: A Maker’s Marker on November 11, we model this seasonal homestead pattern. We invite you to meet the makers that are inspiring our local economy.
Fall is a truly special time. Enjoy it by filling your days with activities and rituals that are dictated by the amount of daylight hours, following the natural rhythm of agriculture and the seasons.
Pray for rain,