This past weekend I went to help Richard Morris (Polyface delivery driver), his wife, and two daughters in their garden. They’d just finished their summer batch of broilers the week before and were hoping to ready their raised beds for fall planting. It was a warm day and I’d forgotten my hat. No matter, I was handed a sombrero right away and we got to work!
First we transplanted mums from the raised beds to the flower beds, clearing the weeds and smoothing the soil. We planted collards, kale, lettuce, and spinach. Then we got to work on weeding the herb beds while Mary (Richard’s wife) mowed the lawn. She and I talked at length about our love for riding mowers!
By early afternoon, I was covered in dirt and completely happy. Richard made us a delicious dinner of home-grown herbed chicken, sweet potato fries, and asparagus. Happiness in the belly.
While there, I discovered that Richard is quite the artist. He had painted several exquisite murals that hung in his living room. He and his family are kind and talented to boot. I love the group of people that make up this farm, and it’s such a gift to get to know each other.