There hasn’t been much time to write lately. Between lack of sleep, a Brassica weed seed bank that is keeping us very busy, off-farm work, and a 6 month old learning how to crawl- we’re glad to just be taking photos! The Silverton Farmer’s Market has started and we’ll be there the first weekend in July. A week ago we weren’t sure what vegetables we were going to have for market and now we’re worried we might have to start sooner than that. After a long hiatus we are so thrilled and thankful to be growing our own produce again. It feels so good!
This post is long overdue but our life has been overwhelmingly full the past couple months…
After a very long search, in August 2012 we finally purchased a property with which to explore our agricultural ambition. The rectangular 47 acres sits just an hour or so south of Portland off of highway 213. There is a seasonal creek, a pond, an oak lined horizon, and about 35 acres of tillable land. In the next couple years we’ll be developing conservation contracts, replanting pasture, building fences, fixing infrastructure, creating infrastructure, establishing a market, and nurturing a few acres of vegetables, a small flock of sheep, chickens, and a newly arrived member of the human family- our son Wendell Jack (born in Dec. 2012). Over the course of a lifetime we hope to find the sweet spot of a fully diversified, direct-market family-farm – an idealistically hyphenated endeavor. There is a tendency to float wide-eyed through the infinite opportunity of a grand vision brushed upon a blank canvas. And so we look to the land, our relationships, and our local community keep our feet firmly on the ground.
As we dive into an incomprehensibly robust season of life, we’d like to continue cultivating community and exploring opportunities for partnership and collaboration. This post is the first of many as we build Diggin’ Roots Farm anew.