National Agriculture Week falls on March 14th-20th this year. It’s no coincidence that we should celebrate the food that sustains us this week. Here in the United States, it starts with daylight savings time (March 14th), and ends on March 20th, the vernal equinox, the official first day of spring. This week is significant historically as well. The ancient Roman celebration of the return of spring, the Liberalia, occurred on March 17th. Liber is the ancient Roman god of wine and honey and the Liberalia dates back to 500BC and is where the term libations (a celebratory serving of wine) comes from.
It’s too early yet to plant our gardens, but with sunlight and warmer weather, it’s the perfect time to prepare for April and May planting. So celebrate National Agriculture week by taking a few minutes to clean up winter debris, amend your garden with last year’s compost, and prepare a place for this year’s compost pile. Start a few seedlings indoors, evict the mice from that lawn mower, and organize that shed. Then take a moment to sit back and smell that sweet spring air.