Walking Backwards

| 1/21/2013 12:51:22 PM

Nubian Goat
Our Nubian dairy goat Gretta  

Jennifer SartellI love to read the stories of how people started farming. Some were raised by farmers, and just as you inherit your Aunt Mildred’s green eyes, you get the farm gene. It’s in your blood, in your family, and many would never think to do anything else with their life.

Our heritage Black Spanish turkey  

Some of my favorite stories are the romantic ones, the fish out of water tales, where the city slicker throws caution to the winds, gives up the office with a window and moves to the country to raise cows, or chickens, or corn. I admire them; their bravery and gumption.  

A Connecticut Field Pumpkin from our heirloom pumpkin patch  

Our path to farming has been a different process. A series of baby steps directed towards our idea as to what life should look like, what food should look like, what success should look like; with a promise to trust ourselves, to see progress in perhaps a different light and chase it one system at a time.  

1/24/2013 11:48:41 PM

Jennifer, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I can already see that your input to the community will be a great asset. My life started on a small Nebraska farm which seeded the country living DNA into my life. At age 10, Dad moved to the city to find work so my farming fix came from summers with my Uncle. At 17 Dad returned to semi farm live with 114 acres just outside of town. We had pigs, cows, chickens, and a horse for my sister. Unfortunately, technology stole me away for a 41 year career and the country DNA lay dormant for all those years. Upon retirement the dormant DNA came back to life and gardening became my passion. I have two gardens. One is a backyard garden of five raised beds that are watered automatically by gravity feed from caught rain water. The other is a 160X60 piece of ground that I bought last year. It's been a great awaking of the country DNA even though I'm an Urban dweller. Have a great dream fulfilling day.

Shannon Cole
1/22/2013 9:14:19 PM

I love your pictures. And, your walking backward concept. Getting back to the root of things is how I like to live too!

1/22/2013 8:54:53 PM

Great post... Fills my head with dreams of not being chained to this desk at my job in the city with not even a glimpse of the outside world all day.

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