I grew up in a family where work meant something you do in an office. Or in front of a room full of people. It definitely wasn’t something that took place outdoors or involved tools that didn’t fit neatly in desk drawers. In my 20+ years of post-graduate professional life, I’ve been a teacher, a counselor, a journalist, an editor, and a public relations professional in California, Egypt, and Virginia. And always wished I could be a farmer. You know, the idyllic kind that exists on pictures on dairy products: Rolling hills, red barns, neat rows of flowering peas, happy, peaceful, cud-chewing animals. Farmers do useful stuff, like grow food. And they know how to fix stuff–inanimate and animate stuff. And they get to wear overalls.
Newlywed and settled in rural Maryland, I convinced an organic farmer to let me work on his farm. The fun began.
Here’s where I worked on lessening my cluelessness about all things farming. And learned to kill chickens. http://www.greenbranchfarm.com/index.html
I had no idea at the time what an enormous blessing it was to have landed on a DIVERSIFIED organic farm, with cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, perennial and annual crops. Succession planting, crop and bed rotation, controlled grazing, woodland management. It seemed so obvious that I didn’t realize it wasn’t the norm. They have a CSA, for you locals around Salisbury, MD.
It was so much fun, my husband wanted to join me. Now we’re both full-time, Cold Turkey farmers in Central Virginia! Our core business is free-range, pastured, broiler chickens,, and we’re burgeoning organic vegetable and small fruit growers as well. Visit us at our new farm in Madison County: Glean Acres! www.gleanacres.com