It took a long time, but summer has finally arrived in central PA folks! This is a photo taken from my front porch on July 1, 2014. Featured in the garden is my new cover crop rotation system (still under development), with a green manure mix in the first quarter on the left and buckwheat in the third quarter to the right. I intend to experiment with different types of cover crops, rotating with food crops (also cutting my production in half, now that both the kids are in college and away from home more than they are here). I am really looking forward to this new experimental direction . . . would love to do more with permaculture in this system, moving away from dependence on mechanical tillage if possible. Check back often to see signs of progress, and don’t be shy about leaving me a note of encouragement or advice.
I do not consider myself a “farmer” in the sense that I make a living at it, but I do think that feeding one’s own family (and some of the neighbors too) from a significant garden plot constitutes a farming venture of sorts. The neighbor across the street has a lovely orchard that brings him much enjoyment in his retirement, which is yet another function farms serve these days. But all you can see here is in our valley, and our watershed and foodshed to boot, which I think is what everyone should see from their front porch. Maybe this is one definition of “heaven” as well . . . at least that’s how I feel with a glass a whiskey in hand as I gaze out from the porch, following a long day of work in that garden!