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Aw shucks

Posted 5/11/2010 6:44am by Shiloh Avery.
collards and chard kale field

A couple of years ago I got a phone call from someone interested in organic produce.  Originally from India, they had moved to Wilkes County from the San Francisco area.  You can imagine the expectations.  They came out to the farm and purchased their week’s worth of vegetables.  On the way back to their car, he asked where the rest of the farm was.  Rest of the farm?  Nope, this is it.  That was our first year of production here and it was just me full time.  I guess it did look tiny, but it sure felt big to me.  Then we expanded a little bit and hired an employee last year but even then the farm looked a bit tiny despite our scrambling effort to stay on top of everything.  But now we’ve hit the big time.  We’ve gone legit. We are a whole four acres now!  True, in this age of giant industrial agriculture, we are so tiny of a speck that we don’t even register on the radar, but from the top of the hill looking down, our little speck looks big to me.  Big enough to keep the four of us pretty darn busy!  Again, I find myself looking down at our little growing farm and it’s seas of different shades of green like a proud parent and thinking, “Aw shucks, we’re all grown up now.”



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