Thursdays are the community work day, and the soul and lifeblood of the farm. The whole farm gathers every week on that day to work for four hours together and share a lunch. You could show up at 8:30 in the morning wherever Thursday meeting is being held and say, “Oh, this is just twenty or so people pulling together a work party.” And it is that: we do work together on all kinds of jobs that need doing. Weeding the greenhouses, dealing with the recycling, cleaning up the farm room or clearing the forest trails.
But it’s also so much more than that. We hold Thursdays, and the day holds our community, in a special way. It’s a day we’ve set aside specifically for the chance to connect, by working and eating together. Doing that is essential to keeping our relationships healthy and alive. Thursdays are also known as Farm Day, and the tradition is such a central part of our lifestyle that some children name the days of the week by saying Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Farm Day, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.