Photo: Flowers for “Nothing”

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  • Pots of daffodils and hyacinths fill a table at the Northampton Community Farm in Florence on Friday. Fred Beddall of Northampton, who was helping tend some seedlings in the nearby Sawmill Herb Farm greenhouse, at right, said the flowers were dropped off by Smith College, a benefit from a surplus of bulbs. The sight caused Beddall to quote by heart the last lines from “For Nothing” by beat poet Gary Snyder: “A flower for nothing; an offer; no taker; Snow-trickle, feldspar, dirt.” STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 3/27/2021 12:51:07 PM

FLORENCE – Pots of daffodils and hyacinths filled a table at the Northampton Community Farm on Friday, some just blooming, some gone by. Fred Beddall of Northampton, who was helping tend some seedlings in the nearby Sawmill Herb Farm greenhouse said the flowers were dropped off by Smith College, a benefit from a surplus of bulbs. The sight caused Beddall, who runs Pie in the Sky Berry Farm in the Northampton Meadows, to quote by heart the last lines from “Nothing” by beat poet Gary Snyder: “A flower for nothing; an offer; no taker; Snow-trickle, feldspar, dirt.”

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinGutting.


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