Well, it’s official. The Farm’s Garden is closed for the winter. For six glorious months, we put in a lot of love and labor and in return our garden fed us, our family, friends and neighbors. We are very grateful for all the fruitful abundance it bestowed us. And we look forward to another blessed growing season in the spring. I do like the idea of giving the earth a rest, but we sure will miss all the yummy food. Mike and I started talking about moving to the country three years ago. Living in Chicago at the time, we liked to buy our food from the local farmer markets whenever possible. We did it because we enjoyed meeting the farmers. We found the ones with contagious passion over their products and we shopped with them because we liked knowing the food was touched by their hands and then ours. Everything is made up of energy and it matters the way our food is grown and prepared. It matters a great deal. With love being a key ingredient, I have to ask, where is the love in commercial farming today? Poison injected into our land, crops, animals and water and inhumane care and slaughtering of our animals, this is what is happening to our food source. I believe with all my heart that it is every living organism’s right and utmost necessity to have clean food and water. I also believe with all my heart that this situation, the one we are all in today, the one where it is not safe to consume a large percentage of the food in our grocery stores or the water coming from our faucets is not going to change until we all make a stand, a big one. We can make a difference. For us, we moved to the country making it possible to grow our food. I understand country living is not for everyone. So find what is best for you. There are many options available: buy local as much as possible and stay clear of processed foods, buy whole and organic, plant a garden on your rooftop, deck or indoors. If you have a little bit of a yard, turn your grass into a bountiful food source for you and your family with a yard garden. Talk with local farmers and grocers and voice your concerns and desire for safe and healthy food. Start petitions/causes in your community. I know it seems like a lot of work. Trust me; we have wanted to ignore this too and we did for many years. But now our hearts are telling us that if we do not make this shift in consciousness, the innocent ones, our children, our animals and our land, suffer even more. It is one thing to mess up our own lives, but to take away the purity of another generation is just plan selfish and stupid (period)! We believe in Love, and know with all our heart, that together we can do this: we shift our food and water source back to that of Love being a key ingredient. We hope you believe too.
We take a lot of walks around The Farm every day. The day this photo was taken was no different. However, if the camera was on panoramic and a timer you would have seen a few dear singer-songwriter friends, along with Dusty and the chickens. We love our walks. Sometimes we take the ponies down the frontage road and we often get a honk or two with smiles and waves as the vehicles traveling on the highway pass us by. Yesterday, I told HIMEBAUGH what I say quietly in my heart when we take our walks down the road. Of course! he is doing the same thing. We hope that seeing us walking- with two ponies, a couple a dogs, a kitty and on some occasions a few chickens (we haven’t worked a way for Bun Bun to join us yet, but we will!) brings a huge swell of joy in your heart and inspires you to connect with something you love, a passion that has gone along the wayside because, well, life gets so darn busy if we don’t take the time. Living on The Farm has inspired us to take the time for the things we love. We hope you feel inspired too.
In the fall of 2011, Mike and I moved to a small farm in Central Illinois where we immediately found ourselves rescuing horses. The rescue was not part of our original plan, but we felt the calling while doing a search for a pair of ponies we did plan on caring for on the farm. Since childhood, my entire extended family and I have been horse owners. Mike and I wanted to continue this tradition. Upon searching the internet for a pair of ponies, we were overwhelmed with the number of horses that needed a rescue and/or a home.