Fall Equinox – time to reflect

Heirloom Gardener Cate Henderson hosts the Equinox celebration in the barn.

Autumn officially arrived at 5:19 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 — the autumnal equinox, or fall equinox. Technically speaking, an equinox is a day when the Sun will spend an equal amount of time above and below the horizon. This happens twice a year, in Autumn and Spring.

The peak of the harvest season was welcomed with prayer, song and celebration at the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary on the grounds of Providence Motherhouse in Kingston. Guests were invited to sow winter rye in the gardens as a cover crop for the cold weather ahead. The Autumn Equinox reminds us all about restoring balance in our busy lives. This is the second big event at the Heirloom Seed Barn this month. On September 5th, a steady stream of visitors sampled over thirty tomato varieties at the 10th annual Heirloom Tomato Day. The cool start to the summer delayed the tomato crop this year but judging by the turn out, it was well worth the wait!