Andy and Emily are in their third year of growing vegetables, fruits, flowers, and eggs for farmers market sales and CSA shares. They cultivate 12 acres with the help of two American Belgian draft horses, the only “tractors” at Welcome Table Farm.
“I think we farm because we both share a sense of hope that this culture can become kinder, more thoughtful, and gentler with its land and its people. As a farmer my complete being is engaged and challenged physically, mentally, and emotionally. I work with my body, getting stronger. I work with my mind, getting smarter. I work with my feelings, getting steadier and more patient. I get to spend the days outside, observing and participating in the daily seasonal changes. I produce something real, tangible and nourishing.
“It’s hard not to feel grateful when those things that nourish and sustain us are the same things that greet us when we step outside each morning. If hope got us started in this, gratitude will keep us going.”