There’s been a perceptible shift in the energy in The Hive over the last 2 to 3 weeks, like some critical corner is being turned, that more people are figuring out where and what we are and are dropping in.  The first 6 months (and even the 6 months before the first 6 months) have been a flurry of activity–thinking things, building things, buying things, figuring out what to sell for how much and why, doing lots of new things, feeling like it would all work out because the ideas and place and people seemed so. . . right on.  The Seed House model is Synergy: making cross connections between hive happenings and hive habitants.  A person comes in for yoga and stays for yogurt and a cup of coffee after class; a person comes in for tea and some time to journal and discovers the availability of great massage therapy; a college student’s new onset of epilepsy prompts a parent visit and rendezvous at The Seed House for lunch, which reveals a safe and restorative haven away from home.  Food has been an important part of this, and it’s taken us awhile to clarify and distinguish our food intentions.  Here’s what they are:

We offer Clean Food. Celebrating things grown in the ground and on trees served as close to their natural state as possible (“whole” foods), healthy fats, and proteins, we source our ingredients from growers and vendors committed to organic and humane practices, consider environmental impact, and are local when possible. Above all, our food must be delicious and feed our senses as much as our bodies and support community around and within us (viva the microbiota!). Experience food as love and medicine.

A few weeks ago when I was picking up some things for the cafe at Acme, I found that the organic produce section had pride of place just right of the entrance in the produce department and had grown with the relocation from the hinterlands in the back the store.  I was delighted to have more choices, but even more thrilling was this evidence of a growing interest here in Chestertown in what kind of food we put in our bodies and what agricultural practices provide the quality of food we are yearning for.

Back at The Seed House, we are reflecting on how renovations were just starting a year ago in January.  Foundations have been laid physically, procedurally, and spiritually; a team of wonderful people has gathered.  Now, in sync with the season of hibernation, we find ourselves wanting to consolidate what we have initiated, to get our routines worked out, to take advantage of our beautiful space, to rededicate ourselves to our own regular meditation practices, to build resource for the next growing season just around the corner.  Nurture you own turning inward; share our lamplight with a good book and a cup of restorative bone broth or a pot of tea.  The ritual itself will feed your soul, and in that magical formula, it will feed ours as well.