It seems as though we are always chasing our tail in the springtime. Farming is hard y’all! We get up early and stay up late, trying to get as much extra work done when the kids are sleeping. Early mornings are for chores and moving chickens and pigs, and late nights are for paperwork and washing eggs. We are thankful for the little bit of rain we got last week, but also realize that the drought we’ve been experiencing will have major repercussions as the season goes on. Hay and feed will be in short supply and we pray that the forest fire season will be manageable. Food security is an idea that we have been forced to think about since we are on the growing end of things. Food doesn’t come from the grocery store, and it takes careful planning at the mercy of the weather all over the world to make sure there is a steady supply of food for our communities. Our friends at the Shuswap Food Action Society are committed to raising awareness of food security and ensuring that our community has access to an affordable, safe and nutritious diet. The SFAS is the organizer of the Downtown Salmon Arm Farmers Market as well as countless other food initiates within our community. If you are interested in learning more about our local food system, please check out https://shuswapfood.ca.