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Yellow Brick Road

One batch of smoked chicken for Labor Day.
My beautiful sister-in-law holding Stevie Wonder, our blind goat.
Brad helping to push the hogs on the smoker the morning of the wedding.
Inside one of the hoophouses at Elm Street

I feel like Dorothy.  Kansas Dorothy.  Wizard of Oz Dorothy. Remember in the tornado scene when Dorothy spots a twister heading straight for her house, and she runs in to seek refuge and to look for Auntie Em and Toto, but the window pane flies off of its hinges and knocks her into a technicolor dream? Well, that’s the best way I can describe the past month. On September 17th, Brad and I officially tied the knot. And, somewhere in the midst of that big event, and smoking 80lbs. of chicken (that we raised and processed) for the Sparta Labor Day community picnic, and learning how to take care of a blind goat, we’ve both started a new job.

For the past year and a half Brad and I have been commuting an hour and a half up to Athens on alternating days for our “off farm” jobs. Now, we don’t have to do that! (I’ve put a note on “off farm” jobs at the bottom) Brad and I will be managing Elm Street Gardens in Sparta, Georgia. To call Elm Street stunning is an understatement, and we feel honored that the garden’s owners, the Curreys, trust us with the reins for a few years. Growing, marketing, and selling for the garden will certainly be a new challenge, but it’s a challenge that compliments our endeavors at Three Centuries Farm. We look forward to the coming commute-less months, to expanding our skill set, and to eating some of the best tasting produce this side of the Missisip, or Oz for that matter.

* note: I wish I could say that Brad and I have already figured out a way to make Three Centuries pay for itself and us, but small farming takes a lot of work and patience. Many of the farmers we’ve met along the way either have an off farm job or have a spouse who has an off-farm job. Brad and I honestly believe that you can be a farmer, and only a farmer, if that’s what you choose to do, but we’re going to have to spend a few years building up our nest egg and customer base before we can take away that safety net. That’s a reality of this business that we’re ok with.

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