The simplest questions sometimes are the hardest ones to answer. We farm for many reasons, but at the root of it, we farm out of a deep desire to steward: to care for the land and the people in our lives in this beautiful little corner of the world we are lucky to call home. At the most basic, we farm out of love, just as Wendell Berry said.
Being first generation farmers like we are (not from farming families, and three generations removed from ancestors who farmed for their life or livelihood), the path is not simple nor direct, and is rooted more in values than in heritage. We come to farming firstly out of a concern for the environment and for social justice: from wanting to protect and take care of our earth, and to help all people have access to high quality, nutritious food. Farming also appeals to us because of its connection to food and eating. We know the power of sharing a meal has to build relationships & community, and believe that strong communities are a foundation that allows the individuals within them to flourish. We also personally value having access to the best, nutrient dense and fresh produce possible (we eat a lot of it), and recognize the power that eating well has to make us happier, more productive people. Plus we love helping other people discover that eating food that is good for you is delicious! Pleasure is an aspect of food & eating that has been largely lost, and we think is worth rediscovering, one bite at a time.
We also believe strongly that our work should be meaningful, contributing something positive to the world of humans & to nature. As large and interconnected as our world is today, it is easy to be paralyzed by the problems you see. I read once that an individual's sphere of influence is small and most powerful in their immediate place--in the community where you live, among the people you know, and on the land where you stand daily. We find this deeply hopeful: we have found our place and our community, and here is where we will do our work. Plus, seeing the smiles on our friends' faces as they tote away their veggies and flowers each week brings us so much joy!
The work of farming is challenging, urgent, surprising, subject to weather and a million other factors that are out of our our control, exhausting, beautiful, concrete, fulfilling, and never-ending. Despite all the challenges, plants want to grow, and abundance is a deep experience for us: picture rows of sweet carrots, tomatoes dripping off of the vine, flower beds in bloom and buzzing with bees. We are exhausted at the end of the day, but also know exactly what we accomplished, spent it in the open air and sunshine (or rain), and gathered something beautiful to eat at the end of the day. That is a truly amazing thing.