Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This is the field across from our home that was owned by two brothers -- now gone. I met them years ago when I first came to Oxford and when I was first learning to garden. They were so helpful to us with invaluable suggestions when we found our vegetables being enjoyed by almost every form of wildlife ...! They shared their incredible fields and trees of fruit with us, and we shared many meals with them.
Their way of life is changing so fast, it seems ....many large, family-run farms are disappearing --- but there seems to be a counter movement with many females entering the industry with niche farms. I see this echoed in my classes too with an increasing number of females taking horticulture classes .... and I'm really thrilled to see it happen -- just as it delights me to see hay being baled ...