Monday, June 20, 2011

Growing ~

This weekend, the crumb and I visited Tara Firma Farms.  I left there a different person, a person seeking a way to be a part of this amazing place.  I'm not sure when or how this is going to happen, but my heart danced there, my senses were in overdrive, and my desire for a deeper knowledge of bio-intensive gardening needs to be nurtured. 

Tara and Craig Smith founded this farm in 2009, and I was blown away that neither of them had any farm background when they purchased this 300-acre property.  The Omnivore's Dilemma is what changed their life causing them to step away from their corporate jobs in order to help balance the needs of environment and nutrition via a harmony with land and animals.  So far, it is remarkable what they have accomplished and are offering to the community. 

Tara gave us a tour of the farm which included baby chicks {biggest deal ever for the crumb}, goats, a new to the world baby bull, baby owls, piglets, and the vegetable gardens.  She spoke freely, proficiently, and brilliantly.  I could have listened to her stories, ideas, lessons, and facts for hours, and I did ask how I could learn more about the bio-intensive farming from their mastermind gardener, Elijah.  I'm hoping a valid answer is forthcoming...

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  1. This is incredibly dreamy, I wish I could take Emma somewhere like this. Happy Monday, darling!

  2. Ooh, should we be expected an interview on your blog??

    I am so with you, as I too have a new passion to learn about farming. We have plans for chickens next spring...fingers crossed and I have a new-found hobby: visiting local farms for fresh produce (a post soon to come).
    Mel, it's a shame we live soooo far apart!

    Enjoy your week!

  3. Melissa, I can't believe I missed going with you. Looks like a phenomenal place. I want to go there with you guys soon!

  4. inspirational... and perfectly timed... love that: the crumb! tara & craig's vision is rippling out so beautifully. thank you for sharing - will wait for more...

  5. Dear Melissa,
    This sounds so nurturing in so many ways. As our planet is so rapidly changing I find the most comfort in nature, as you and The Crumb did at Tarn Firma Farms {and so many moments you've already shared}. Heaven on Earth means more to me now than ever before.
    Hugs today my sweet friend!

  6. Oh, this all sounds so very intriguing. I cannot wait to hear more about it. Sounds like your weekend touched so many pieces of your heart. I love that. So happy for you right now.

  7. What a magical place! I would love to visit. It's so amazing when places can make us grow in so many ways, allowing us to connect to one another as we walk toward our potential.

  8. Hi Melissa,
    Sadly we had to say goodbye to Mackenzie...
    I will come back soon to blogging, but not this week. Also, I made a link to your blog, as blog of the week, hope you like it, see you soon,
    Maureen x

  9. This is truly an incredible place, Melissa. It's amazing how many children today have never stepped foot on a farm or know where their food comes from. But most importantly, places like this connect us to the earth and teach us to respect it. I can't wait to see what you have in store for me when I get up there!

  10. This place looks so lovely! I love your photos (especially the animal ones)! It's amazing what reading one book can do to your life and, you're right - super impressive that they had no farm experience. What an inspiration!

    Thank you for sharing and I hope that you're able to go there more (and share more with us)! : )


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