This is a photo taken from the front porch of my home in Pennsylvania in early September of 2016. 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 everything you can see here is in our valley, which is also our watershed/foodshed, 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!