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.
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