Oftentimes at Chewonki, we speak to the connection between the head, heart, and hands. Here are a few excerpts from stories shared with family and friends of Semester 55 students during Family Weekend just before Thanksgiving: That head-heart-hand connection has been seen so many times on the farm this semester, through heavy harvests and chicken coop cleaning, during afternoons of mulching garden beds, planting garlic, or working with our draft horse Sal. One particularly memorable afternoon early in the semester, a strong core of volunteers came down to the farm to pick up loose-cut hay from the hayfield. Using pitchforks, they tossed the hay from the piled windrows into the back of the truck and trailer in record time. This is a traditional way of haying: farmers came together to draw straws each summer and then rotated from farm to farm bringing in each hay crop. That afternoon was the epitome of the phrase, “Many hands make light work.” Perhaps the least traditional part of it was Malcolm’s choice to pause in his hay collecting to spell out his name in giant letters made of hay. This, too, is typical of this group: oftentimes the work of their hands is hemmed in by a certain playfulness. Many thanks, Semester 55, for the work of your hands and the contributions of your heads and hearts. We farmers are grateful.