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Treasure in Weeds Behind the Barn | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

Treasure in Weeds Behind the Barn

“Check the weeds behind the barn,” I was told at Seton Harvest yesterday. Seton is a community supported agriculture initiative sponsored by the Daughters of Charity in Evansville, Indiana.  It’s a 10-acre farm with 2 greenhouses, a barn, and full irrigation system.  They are Certified Naturally Grown, which means they have no chemically treated or genetically modified seeds, practice ecologically sustainable farming practices, and use no synthetic chemical insecticides, fertilizers, herbicides, or fungicides .

Families purchase shares in the garden, and members equally divide the harvest.  Each week, members visit the farm to collect their harvest of the week. Last year, they donated over 8,000 pounds of surplus produce to area food pantries. Members can also collect herbs from the herb garden.

So it’s win win for members – promote good land stewardship, obtain fresh produce for their families, and help the poor.

I never realized when I signed up the peace and tranquility I would discover when getting my weekly share of the harvest. There’s a serenity among the fields. After collecting my kale, lettuce, shallots, pak choi, green onions, and tatsoi yesterday, I was able to go pick strawberries.

strawberriesphoto © 2010 James Lee | more info (via: Wylio)
Early spring rains made it a bad year for their strawberry crop. The berries are small and sparse. After I had gleaned tiny berries from the rows in front, I was told to check the weeds behind the barn. First, as I wandered last year’s weedy strawberry patch, I didn’t see many berries. Then I ventured into the tall weeds. As I looked among the 2-foot weeds, I found the best berries of the bunch – large, juicy berries hidden under the weeds. Because they were more difficult to find, they weren’t picked over and were plentiful.

What a lesson in life and business. Jesus encouraged us to search for the one lost coin, and I sometimes felt like I was searching for the one lost berry. Businesses seek their niche. Smart businesses may figure out where the weeds are in their industry where they can find the big berries with less competition. It may take a little extra effort, but the result is worth it.

When you search for berries, how do you check the weeds behind the barn?


4 Responses to “Treasure in Weeds Behind the Barn”

  1. margie clayman (@margieclayman) May 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Mary, this is such a beautiful post. I hope that it washes over people the same way that it washed over me. This lesson can be applicable for almost any aspect of life, work, and love.

    I’m sending a virtual hug your way :)

  2. Mary Biever May 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Thanks, Margie! Maybe the message is as buried as the strawberries I picked were…

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