Recently, one of our clients, an international pilot spent the weekend with us as we hunted down the perfect small farm near Asheville. In the course of our days together, he suggested I read Barbara Kingsolver's bestselling nonfiction book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In it, Barbara, recently turned 50, talks of her family's farm and the sustainable practices that make it work for the family and their neighbors.
How did he know that I love the idea of sustainable practices and growing my own vegetables to share? (I'm smiling.)
So, I got the book.
(see cover to your left)
My client was right. I'm inspired! I'm itchin' to get out and plant seeds in my little organic garden . In fact, some part of me is just longing to FARM! I know, I know...how's a REALTOR® going to find time to FARM?!? Impossible you say? Egg on my face? ( Photo courtesy of Carolina Farm Stewardship) NO WAY! Get this!
An eco-community I represent is looking into The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Farm Incubator Program. According to the Association, "Incubators are educational farms where new growers can lease a parcel of land and gain access to equipment and advanced knowledge without having to buy it."
The organization wants to:
- Provide business planning assistance and get folks together to help create farm incubators in each of the Carolinas' major climate regions.
- Encourage young farmers to continue farming in North Carolina, and help to ensure a healthy food supply for the future.
- Give new farmers a chance to develop skills needed to farm without "betting the ranch."
I'm getting out my gardening gloves right now. How about you?
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