Spring is almost here! The spring—or Vernal—Equinox on March 20 this year symbolizes the birth of a new season, a time of renewal, and our departure from Old Man Winter’s icy grip. For thousands of years the equinoxes have been celebrated by various cultures and, in general, encompassing a theme of rebirth and balance.

This is a great time for reflection, and reassessment of where you are at and where you want to go. How are your New Year resolutions coming? Do you need to make some adjustments? Do you need to clean out your closets and get rid of the old, dusty items that are no longer useful? Where do you want to be? How can you get there? Journaling and meditation along these lines can really help to refocus and make sure you are still traveling the path you chose.

Spring is also a great time to join a community supported agriculture (CSA) project. Joining a CSA is a great way to support local farms and to receive your food directly from the grower. Do your homework and find a farm that shares your same values and provides the kinds of foods you need. Many CSAs are planning their upcoming harvest and need to know as soon as possible if you want to join. For more information on CSAs, check out Local Harvest at localharvest.org or talk with your local food cooperative and they can point you in the right direction.

If you choose to grow your own food, Spring is the time where you start selecting your seeds and planning your harvest. Are you going to grow only some vegetables or as many

as possible? How much room do you have to plant? Can you grow herbs along with your veggies? Start planning now so you have a bountiful harvest in the coming months!