Yesterday's rainy, cold afternoon found my organic farming teacher, classmates and me at the home of Harold and Mariann in beautiful horse-country in Cherokee County, Georgia. At this seemingly unassuming house on a pretty winding road, something interesting was going on, even though early spring can hide intention a bit. But sure enough, right there on the quarter-acre of the front yard and the similar size on the side, this couple had rows and rows ready for planting, with some already speckled with pea seedlings and garlic leaves and green onions and lots and lots of henbit for the chickens out back. Turns out this garden (you couldn't call it a farm) feeds 23 families in a CSA from a half-acre front lawn, and the garden is only four years old. A lot is possible on a little bit of space, folks.
Speaking of which, if you haven't seen this video yet about the Dervaes family, who have a fifth-of-an-acre urban homestead right off the freeway in Pasadena, California, kick back for ten minutes and imagine the possibilities.
And, guess what? I will meet the Dervaes family next Friday at a worskhop I am attending at the Georgia Organics Annual Conference right here in Atlanta.
Between Farmer D, my farming course, the Dervaes and all the other wonderful learning opportunities I've been fortunate to discover lately, am I wrong to have such high hopes about my kitchen garden this year?
Nurturing sustainability close to home and around the world. (And other food for thought!)