The Law of the Harvest

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Camp Korey
UMT’s Northwest team sows at Camp Korey so the community can reap

There is an ancient teaching, at least 2,000 years old, which has been taught countless times over many centuries. It’s sometimes called “the law of the harvest” and it can be summed up with the phrase, “you reap what you sow.” If you want apples, you must plant and nurture apple seeds. If you want green beans, you must plant green beans. In farming, there is no instant gratification. The harvest you get in the fall is determined by the seeds you plant in the spring, and there are no shortcuts.

It’s easy for organizations to get bogged down in the urgent needs of the day-to-day. The best leaders make time for their teams to plant the seeds that will grow into good results over the long haul. Planting and nurturing is never urgent, but it is vital for truly transformative results. New organizational capabilities, like rutabaga and spinach, take time and care to grow.

UMT’s team of consultants in the Pacific Northwest recently spent time together in Camp Korey’s Garden. Camp Korey is a place where kids who have life-altering medical conditions can go for a summer camp experience. The garden provides healthy food for the kids, and gives the kids a chance to grow and taste them. The team planted leeks, golden raspberries, and installed fence posts and a new sign. The improved garden will make a difference to the kids for years to come. We left feeling sore but satisfied, and closer-knit than ever before. You truly reap what you sow.

- UMT’s Northwest Team