What is it about a sense of validation that helps one step into their sense of self – to take on a big challenge and risk failure?
While my husband Bob took up the work of caring for his mom in Hospice in 2009-10, just after moving from Baltimore to this land in Harpers Ferry, WV, I began building the business that became Stony Ridge Farm. Some 7 years later, after living through the challenges common to small business owners and market farmers, of being a newlywed, and learning about my new community, life and work have stabilized. In the struggle and effort, in the disappointments and challenges, I somehow found that sense of validation. It surprises me.
The image of seed and the miracle of the seedling come to mind as I try to articulate this journey. The fragility of the seedling, the established plant and the growth through the years into established perennial…that’s what this process of arriving into my own life feels like. It takes adjustment to season and weather. It takes focus on place and purpose. Mostly, it takes time and the capacity to try again…and again.
So, now as that energy and effort reach out to take up more space the practical business of the farm, its crops and customers, its products and events, the business of blogging emerges. It’s like life has rhizomes that move underground, unseen, and then shoots emerge in surprising places and take on a life of their own – both connected to the original plant and yet distinct in their own right.
The Stony Ridge Farm blog is about nourishing our life within the rhythms and flavors of seasons because that is what micro-farming is about. That is what homesteading is about. And, truly, that is what I am about. I am grateful for your curiosity and seek to honor it with posts about seasonal cooking, practical gardening tips, and simply DIY projects that help simplify our lives.
I’m not a great cook. I am an ok gardener. I often live beyond my means. So, you’ll not find an expert here. Rather, this blog is about making the most of what’s on hand with a dedication to increasing simplicity and slowing down the pace of life. It’s all I have to offer, but I offer it with all my heart.