“We finally decided to take a chance. Brian put in his notice at work and we found someone to rent our house. We spent the next two years living on a small organic berry farm 20 miles east of Seattle. We maintained the berry operation, grew and sold vegetables, took care of farm animals, and generally helped out with all farm tasks. We were finally doing something that was important to us, living intentionally, growing most of our own food. Our family was together every day. We were happier, even though we were making about one-eighth of our previous income.
“We moved back to our home in the fall of 2008 and started developing our 7,000 square-foot residential property into an ‘urban farm.’ We are in the process of removing the grass lawns, the ornamental trees and shrubs, the concrete driveway, and the back patio to make room for vegetables, fruit and nut trees, grapes, berries, mushroom patches, and flowers.
“For us, urban farming is not intended to be a commercial enterprise, but rather a community activity. We want to get people interested and involved in growing their own food, and sharing, trading or bartering any surpluses with the community. It is through urban farming that our dreams, interests and passions are being fulfilled.”