While the men are busy on the fields, there's a flurry of activities at the communal kitchen. Here all meals are prepared for the entire community. During harvest time there's extra work, as the men in the field each get their meals brought to them, so as not to waste precious harvest time with the entire crew stopping their work to come home for lunch and supper. Some colonies have enough man power and are able to work in shifts. But since our colony has a kitchen cabinet factory this is not the case.
Once this phase of harvest is complete, (Some years it isn't, which makes things extra busy.) there are potatoes to dig at our colony. These are raised for McCain and providing we have cool dry conditions, potatoes usually takes about three weeks to harvest. (For a more detailed post of this process, click here.)
Like farmers all over the globe, putting in long hours comes with the territory. Many times, our hours are not dictated by a clock, but by the tasks at hand. For the most part though, working together towards a common goal, be it harvesting, preparing meals or any other chore, enhances the joy of our 'all things common' journey. 'We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves...'
"I brought you into a bountiful country,
To eat its fruit and its goodness."