Spring’s been arriving in fits and starts at Chewonki, tempting crocuses to bloom and then frosting them with snow and freezing them with temperatures better suited to February. The farm is the one place on the Neck where we can feel completely sure that winter’s over: there are new animal and plant babies wherever you look. On March 22, Gerry, our milking cow, gave birth to a beautiful calf we named Ginger. This turned out to be a community event–Gerry labored under the quiet gaze of not only the farmers but also the Elementary School students, Maine Coast Semester students, semester faculty, and one Traveling Natural History Programs educator. Ginger emerged to a very warm welcome. Eight piglets also arrived in March; they are already a lot bigger and enjoy catching naps in pig piles between romps. And the first four lambs of the six (maybe seven?!) we’re expecting are grabbing the limelight right now, with their beautiful curls and leaps and bounds. Meanwhile, the farmers are planting tomato, onion, leek, kale, cabbage, pepper, and eggplant seeds into trays from which seedlings eventually will be transplanted into the gardens. Mustard greens, carrots, and turnips are being seeded directly into the ground of the high tunnel, where we’ve already harvested spinach and mustard greens. Kale that bravely overwintered is starting to stir. “April is the cruellest month…” wrote T. S. Eliot, and those words have held some meaning this year. Make a visit to the farm, however, and you’ll see the other side of April: hope and joy.