To net or not to net, that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The aches and pains of standing up sunflowers,
Or to take arms against a sea of campanula lying
on the ground,
By opposing the use of netting?

To cry: to sleep no more
And by a sleep to say we end the heartache
and the thousand frustrations that the flesh is heir to
as we lie awake at night
amid thunderstorms and wind raging,
asking ourselves over and over,
why didn’t I just net the dahlias?

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time
needed to repair the damage preventable
by 30 minutes of worthy tasks?
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of loss
of all the money that could have been made
from what lies crooked and bent on the ground.

Indeed it puzzles the will, and makes us wonder,
why we didn’t fly to others to learn of that we know not of?
Thus time and experience does make good growers of us all.
And enterprises of great pith and moment with this regard.
their currents turn awry,
And gain the name of action. – Net it right away!
The fair Flora! Nymph, in thy orisons be all my mistakes remember’d and corrected next year.


This is my last quarterly report as your Midwest Regional Director. I just would like to add how much I have enjoyed this experience, and highly recommend it to everyone. The Board meetings were great fun; I got to travel to lots of interesting places and visit other farms and meet other members that I may not have gotten the opportunity to do otherwise. It was nice to get to have be the voice for the Midwest. I’ve had such a wonderful time meeting and talking to all of you, and I look forward to continuing those relationships at future conferences