“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”
― Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
We grow food because we believe that the food they are marketing to the masses in America is not really food. It’s artificial, and is linked more to the industrial, mechanical revolution than the natural history of agricultural and the evolution of the human species from hunter/gatherers to farmers. What we call “farming” today is no more than an industrial machine, created to manufacture our food. We seek to change this. To get back to our roots and the simpler days of human life. We hope to reconnect people with the food their body needs, and the real nutrition that they’ve been starving for.
It’s not hard to look around this country, and even to look at our own bodies, and realize that we are starving while we stuff ourselves. Cancer is epidemic, the treatments for disease are torturous, death is painful, and life is full of sickness and suffering. It doesn’t have to be this way! And we believe that it is all connected with our most primal behavior.
We are what we eat.
In our gardens, we grow enough greens to eat a big salad every day of the summer. We grow tomatoes and squash, peppers and herbs and lemons. In our orchards, we grow apples, pears, cherries, pistachios and jujubes.
The greenhouse project is ongoing. It began with a bottle wall and some recycled window glass. It grew into a hopeful aquaponics project with suspended garden trays and giant fish tanks. It’s far from finished, but it already produces garden fresh vegetables for us all summer long. This is a big, ambitious project, but we also spread our green thumbs out to the rest of the property. In our farm store, which is part of the farm house, we have a garden bed full of Aloe and chili plants, with hopes to add a few dozen more edibles later this spring. It can be as simple as a bit of rosemary in your window ledge, or a tomato on your back porch. But everybody can grow something, and the more we grow, the more we know what we are.