Dear Seed-Savers, Gardeners, and Stewards of the Local Food System! I would like to start by wishing you all a very safe and happy New Year. My garden kept me grounded and purposeful this past year. I hope you also found solace and contentment among the seeds and the soil. This Christmas, all kinds of homemade preserved foods and herbal medicines were the backbone of my gifts to loved ones. It was an opportunity to think back on the year and feel so much gratitude for all the little things that made it possible for me to focus on my own food and medicine garden, the seed farm, and on getting seeds out to all of you so that you could do the same! If just one thing had thrown me off: housing instability, illness, or lack of sufficient income, I would have had a very different kind of year. Thus, the importance of both gratitude and reaching out to help others less fortunate is highlighted now more than ever. In response to the challenges of our times, some amazing and heartwarming things have blossomed in 2020. Mutual aid efforts, community gardens and free seed distributions, and so many people putting much more effort into growing healthy, local, organic, year-round food. There is no better time than now to talk about food sovereignty and the importance of ensuring that every person in our community has their basic needs met. Paramount to that conversation is the empowerment of others through equitable access to farmland or gardenable spaces near affordable housing. Food justice and housing justice are inseparable. For all of you who have donated a portion of your garden production to others in need, shared seed, or supported others in whatever ways you can this year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And for those who fight for food and housing justice and equity, I thank you for your foresight and for having a heart open enough to support the major societal reform that is needed to accomplish such things. Thank you to all of you gardeners, homesteaders, and local market farmers for caretaking our fragile local food supply. Thank you for your continued commitment to living in good relationship with the earth that sustains us.