In spite of the fact that “farming skipped a generation,” as my dad used to say with some relief, when, in the summer of 2009, my husband and I moved into our little farm-house in Cashtown and started fixing it up, my dad was the first one to lend a hand. And when I’d track chunks of fresh dirt onto the front porch after a few hours of work in the garden, my forehead covered in sweat, he’d smile at me with that special glimmer in his eye, offer me a sip of his coffee and say, “I just wish you could have met your grandfather.” I’d settle down next to him on the porch swing then. My father had a gift for bringing the past to life. The stories he told of his childhood were simple stories, but so warm and tender, sometimes funny, and always engaging. He wasn’t just telling you about something he remembered; he was inviting you to enter his past, to share in the experience all over again.
I started the CSA here at Amazing Heart Farm in 2009, directly after I graduated from Harvard Divinity School. Something that I thought about frequently while at Harvard was the importance of setting down roots and of really coming to know and to love a place, a community – and by community I mean our neighbors as well as our local watersheds, and foodsheds. Having a sustained commitment to one place means that we’re responsible for that place. And if everyone cares about and for where they are, I think that our relationships with each other and with the earth would be much healthier.
I love watching Hannah grow up, so many changes, and so quickly. It’s really kinda incredible, this parenting thing. Most days I’m in the moment, savoring her sweet smile or focusing on what new food she’s tried that day. But sometimes I step back and imagine what her life will be like when she’s older….
By Kyra M. Fallon Sitting down in my Intro to Peace and Justice Studies class at the beginning of this semester, I realized pretty quickly that I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into. The syllabus looked like it had come from an entirely different class; books about wealth inequality, food, and migrant work…
“They call areas like this throughout the United States Food deserts. I thought, you know, why not have food forests.”