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From Adversity Comes... Farming

2020 was quite a year. I've said that I'll be up New Year's Eve not so much to see the new year in as to make sure that 2020 goes... Like so many others, we were faced with a lot of uncertainty early on. Our reaction to that was to "control the controllables" which put us into action to make the most of what we had, about 12 acres of farmable land. We were committed to following organic growing principles, using no toxic spray or herbicides, because we believe it's better for the earth and all those that live on it. We raised chickens, turkeys, honeybees and grew beets, onions, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, squash, wheat, sweet corn, potatoes, blackberries, blueberries, lots of tomatoes, all with varying degrees of success (we're learning!) Now in the winter months, have started growing Microgreens because we wanted to have fresh greens on our farm even if the pandemic impacted the availability of greens (unlikely we thought but again, this fell into the category of controlling what we could) and we didn't want to buy, build and heat a huge greenhouse in order to do it. What we have found is, we're able to grow quite a bit and if we're going to keep this up, we want to share and make super fresh greens available to those in our community.

What we've learned this year is that we didn't need to go full-on backwoods-stoneage-off-grid and be hermits to get real benefit and satisfaction from small scale farming, and neither should you. I "retired" and am lucky enough to be able to spend my time in this way. Most folks are too busy to do what we're doing here. That's OK. We hope that some of what we produce on our farm finds its way to your table and hope that we can share some of what we have learned to help you find your own self-reliance sweet spot.

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