Let's go back to July of 2012. The thought process for the mill was well underway, however it was still only a series of discussions, nothing concrete.
This was the summer we had committed ourselves to growing the perfect, well tended garden. Giant pumpkins, several varieties of squash, lettuce, beets, onions, potatoes, celery and carrots were carefully (and lovingly) planted. All were doing well and showing signs of life except of the carrots. Still. We had already replanted them and were stumped as to why the seeds hadn’t germinated. In previous years, the carrots had been spectacular, lasting well into the winter, being harvested through the snow! But the same wouldn’t be true this year.
Our friend Robin who’s an avid gardener and plant expert had come up for a trunk load of alpaca poop for her garden. We got talking and told her about the plan for the future mill and as the conversation progressed, she expressed interest in being a part of the plan. Handing her the final packages of carrot seeds, an offer was made........plant the seeds and if the carrots come up, she’d have a job at the mill.
Fast forward to February 2013 and Robin arrived for her first day of work at Grand Valley Fibre Company, with a potted carrot in hand. No, the carrot seeds that she planted, never did sprout. Don't know why, but figure it had something to do with the lack of rain and the sweltering heat all summer, but Robin still got the job!
As I look philosophically at the potted carrot basking in the steam on the window sill above the sinks, a month into our mill adventure, I can draw the following parallels to our fledgling business.
- It’s healthy and growing everyday, as is our mill business
- It has survived the past month, as have we
- It started very small, but will continue to blossom and flourish, as will our mill, planting creative seeds into those whose passion is fibre
- Carrots by design are a good source of fibre, as is our mill!