Stony Ridge Farm | Seasonal Living
Hi, I’m Lorrie! I’m the owner of Stony Ridge Farm, the homestead dedicated to seasonal living. I work with my husband Bob Shelley creating a seasonal life on our 5-acre homestead among these rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains. I wanted to take a moment and tell you about myself, my home and the farm.
Bob and I moved to Harpers Ferry in 2009. I left behind an eventful and frustrating career in community development in Baltimore City to heal and learn about my Self. The move was an answer to my ever escalating mid-life crisis. It was invigorating to reach beyond my experiences with parenting, community organizing, and the ubiquitous sounds of an intensely urban environment.
I can look back these 8 years and see I discovered that I love living in an area that has four distinct seasons. These seasons have a rhythm and flavor that is both fresh and familiar. True nourishment comes from living in sympathy with the way time reveals itself in the garden and the kitchen. Living within these seasons gives my life meaning. I gained a sense of quiet joy I lost somewhere along my busy way.
Lessons learned ~
As time passed I learn more and more about four season gardening, food preservation, meal preparation and cocktail crafting. It is a joy creating flavors that reflect a particular day. Growing, cooking, preserving and serving food is a soulful endeavor to create wellness for me, my family, and my community. This blog is my attempt to share those lessons with you.
The loving activism of a seasonal lifestyle~
Finally, I want to say something about activism. I have come to know that if you want to create a more beautiful world you must create a beautiful life for yourself. A home that reflects seasonality is soft, gentle, brilliant and joyful. Visitors – friends, family, neighbors, and customers – are touched by the ease of your seasonal life in subtle yet substantive ways.
A seasonal lifestyle is a profound undertaking that can heal the world, one household at a time.