Everyone deserves a place to belong.
We hope our stories bring you closer to nature, closer to the land, and closer to our farm.
The land slopes away on both sides and there's a view of nearby Peach Mountain.
Birds are always singing, a heron visits regularly and a red-shouldered hawk calls the place home. I could go on and on about the land and the plants and animals here. We love it.
So far we have planted:
250 elderberry bushes - and prepared the land for 500 more which we will plant late winter
3600 garlic cloves - with plans to grow 10,000 cloves in 2-3 years
4 pawpaw trees - and ordered 150 more pawpaw seeds (not all of which will survive)
and a bunch of other stuff because we can't help ourselves.
We rarely meet a plant or a seed that we don't want to grow!
Why do we want to farm?
We both have full time jobs and are watching 40 in the rear view mirror, after all.
So why start this now? We're motivated! That's why! We want to be part of offering healthy local food to our communities.
It's truly ridiculous that our food takes such long and fossil-fuel-consuming journeys to get to us when we live in a place that is capable of growing so much.
But it's also about BELONGING.
Our world is so disconnected. So isolated. So out of touch with nature and the cycles of life. So out of touch with each other.
We miss deep connections. The kinds of conversations people have when they are both up to their elbows in garden dirt and working on a joint project are life-sustaining. We love seeing the light in someone's eyes when they learn something new about the ecosystem they live in or when a child sees a salamander or eats a sweet cherry tomato right off the vine.
And we know that connection, belonging and outside work, in nature, supports physical and emotional health. We're here for that!
We nurture the land through good growing practices and our community through on-farm activities and healthy food. We've got a pretty good idea of what we're going to grow - at least for the next few years. Now we've just got to figure out what kind of on-farm activities we should have...
This dream has been a long time coming.
For years we've grown organic vegetables and fruits in our backyard. We made teas, put up extra produce and sold tomato and pepper plants to the community.
There was also one ill-fated experiment with peach wine. 😂 It's all been on a small scale though.
Until fall 2019, when we bought land in Adams County Ohio, about 1.5 hours from our home in Cincinnati. We're starting a farm!
We keep looking around, pinching ourselves and saying 'can you believe we have ALL THIS LAND to grow on'?
It's going to take time, because you can't hurry nature! But we are growing a farm business, baby step by baby step, while we both continue to work full time jobs.
We are growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants naturally (maybe we'll certify organic someday).
We will focus on direct to consumer sales (think farmers markets and online), and value-added products (like elderberry syrup!).
Sometimes I'm astounded by the strength and beauty of this dream. When I give myself room - I'm a fountain of ideas of things we should do.