Hi, I’m Lorrie! I’m the owner of Stony Ridge Farm in Harpers Ferry, WV. 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 the aspects of my Self that had nothing to do with parenting (my youngest left for college the previous year), community organizing, and the ubiquitous sounds of an intensely urban environment.
I discovered that I love living in an area that has four distinct seasons, that these seasons have a rhythm and flavor that is both fresh and familiar, and that true nourishment comes from living in sympathy with the way time reveals itself in the garden and the kitchen.
Lessons learned ~
As time passes I learn more and more about four season gardening, food preservation, meal preparation and cocktail crafting that reflect the flavors of a particular day. Growing, cooking, preserving and serving food is a soulful endeavor to create wellness for one’s self, family, and 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, created through food choices, is a profound undertaking that can heal the world, one household at a time.