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When I left New York City in early 2006, I was pretty sure I was just taking an agricultural sabbatical from my work with children and families there. I spent some time in France and Ireland first, helping out on some tiny family farms. Those were wonderful months of laughter and renewal. Stateside, I found work at a vegetable farm in northern Virginia, harvesting a diverse crop and selling directly to customers at DC farmers' markets. I discovered a vibrant community of farm folk -- people who'd been at the work for decades, as well as a surprisingly ample cadre of spirited younger folk like myself. The farmers I worked for are talented, industrious, successful -- and wonderful teachers. And part of their mission is to make farming a viable option for young people -- which is how my fella Ali came to be leasing land from them and working it with his own crew.

The following year I worked at a free-range meat farm a half hour west of here. It was wonderful to learn about a very different side of small-scale sustainable agriculture. I became intimately acquainted with chicken poop, mud, and fence staples; got browner yet with another year under the sun in the fields and at market; and realized I was in this for the long haul.

And so Ali and I are business partners! We leased about eight acres at Wheatland, which we farmed with an awesome crew. What I thought might be some nourishing time away from a city and work I loved has turned into a way of life. We're looking for a farm of our own and in the meantime We bought our own farm last year, and continue to work hard, play hard, and eat farm-fresh meals the likes of which I'd never known.

Take a gander! First up are bigger sets from the US farms we know and love well, followed by photos from my farm time in Europe, and then some more theme-specific stuff.

Our Farm: Year 1

Our Farm: Year 1

84 photos

Our Farm: Year 0

Our Farm: Year 0

34 photos

Smith Meadows

Smith Meadows

44 photos

Jo's Place

Jo's Place

19 photos

Mill Little Farm

Mill Little Farm

27 photos

La Chatte Gitane

La Chatte Gitane

37 photos

Eggs
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Eggs

59 photos

Bwwaaaaaaaak!
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Bwwaaaaaaaak!

149 photos, 2 videos

At play ...

At play ...

57 photos

At rest ...

At rest ...

52 photos

At work ...

At work ...

124 photos

May 25, 2008

May 25, 2008

51 photos

Veggies

Veggies

113 photos

A tree for Scott
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A tree for Scott

48 photos