Life with Mom
—-This is a story of a shared life with Mom after her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.—
June 5, 2013
Mom and I started a new volunteer “job” today. We’re self-proclaimed CSA Marshals.
For those who don’t know what a CSA is (I didn’t until recently), it’s a Community Supported Agriculture group where members collectively support the efforts of a community farm by sharing in the bounties and risks.
The CSA farm we joined is called Denison Farm. Justine and Brian Denison are the owners/farmers, and grow organically. They’re at the head of their class. They’re extremely hardworking, dedicated, and bright citizens.
The Denison CSA has 500 members and are provided with 22 weeks of whatever is ready to be harvested. They’re also involved with a couple weekly Farmer’s Markets, and deliver to other venues too. This undertaking by them astonishes me – they coordinate the packing of 500 boxes each Wednesday and deliver them to certain spots around the region. Mom and I will monitor one of them where 63 members will pick up their bounty.
As we met and greeted the people who came on this first day of garden goody “giveaways”, people were very animated. One woman mentioned that she felt like this was Christmas. Another said that she had been looking forward to this since it ended last fall. Many who showed up were new members who had never belonged to a CSA before. Their excitement was palpable.
The box of food is different each week. It all depends on Mother Nature and what’s being harvested at the time the boxes are packed. Tonight, our garden crate consisted of lettuce, garlic scapes, bok choy, scallions, dill, radishes, and a bonus pint of strawberries — all picked today — all grown without chemicals.
So, Mom and I began our new job tonight. It really didn’t feel like a job. Happy people coming and going — and Mom and I doing something fun and productive together.
We got this.