Life Before Farming

June 24, 2017

Today I was reflecting on where I was a year ago.  What was I doing?  Where was I working?  Was I truly happy?  Things haven’t changed too much but I have shifted my focus from one career to another.  Before I decided to pursue farming full time, I was designing and building custom wood furniture.  I was also doing a lot of home renovations for friends.  This time last year I was helping a friend flip a house.  This involved insulating, dry walling, painting, flooring, cabinetry, roofing, and much more.  I was also recovering from my first art show, Coney Island's Summerfair 2016.  This was the first time showcasing my woodworking.  I had a blast and hope to return in the future, but felt something was missing in my life.  I was still growing food and expanding my gardens, which I've done every year since I started gardening in 2013.  I loved being outside instead of cooped up in my basement building furniture.  I loved the feel of dirt between

my fingers and on my arms.  I loved being able to pick my lunch fresh off the vine.  I loved talking to people walking by my house.  I loved waving at the cars that honked as they drove by.  I loved being able to share my harvest with neighbors.  Most of all, I loved being a part of the local food movement.  Last year I was given the opportunity to manage Deerfield Township Farmers Market (deerfieldfarmersmarket.com).  The local food movement became even a greater part of my life.  Not only was I managing a farmer’s market but I was also visiting 4 other farmer’s markets throughout the week.  I was interacting with farmers every day.  I started to build relationships with farmers and learning more about the industry.  I have always been intrigued with the idea of being able to live off the land.  I finally decided to listen to my heart and take the leap to full-time farming.  I knew it wouldn’t be easy; I knew it wouldn’t always be fun; and, I knew it wouldn’t make me rich.  Bu​t, I felt that I could have a greater impact on the world by growing food versus building furniture.  I am very happy my journey has led me to farming.  The skills I have learned, the people I have met, the opportunities I have been given have made me the farmer I am today.  If you were to ask me where I see myself in 5 years, I couldn’t give you an answer.  Life is a journey, a journey that I live day by day.  As hard as it is, I live in the moment.  I don't dwell in the past I cannot change or project about the future that is unknown.  Most things are out of my control.  Sometimes I just have to listen to my gut and go where the universe takes me.  I look forward to sharing my journey with you as we plant seeds and watch each other grow.

 

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