This time in my life was a powerful teacher as I considered the many obstacles and barriers to healthy food-for my family and for others. It prepared me for what work on the farm would be like and helped connect me to the many people in our community who have to work like that just to survive. It reminded me of where I came from and encouraged me to never forget.
As the kids got older I realized that my work needed to be more intertwined into their everyday life if we were to continue homeschooling. Nathan's income from heirloom tomatoes and watermelon were helping us find better footing financially. The kids and I started a mixed garden in hopes of starting a CSA the following year. The older kids and I would set up at CFM every Saturday with whatever we could piece together-herbs, crayon cars, soaps. We have been blessed beyond measure to be able to follow our calling and put the hard work into something we are passionate about-together as a family.
The tomato-a fruit (or vegetable if you prefer) becomes something we celebrate. This gives me hope that all fresh fruits and vegetables being grown here in Kentucky will continue to be celebrated. Fresh food makes strong and healthy communities. Supporting local farmers makes strong and healthy communities. We owe it to ourselves to put the work into making it so.
Join us Thursday August 20th at The Foundry. 5-7 pm. 531 West 11th Avenue Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101.