This is a photo taken from the front porch of my home in Pennsylvania in late May of 2020 as I prepared to work this garden for the first time in four years. This is a new start for me, made possible by the necessity of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The garden is 40′ X 92′, and this year I will proceed using two different approaches — standard intensive growing in 30″ beds on the left in the photo, and a milpa-style system, mimicking indigenous American traditions, on the right. The story of how I’ve successfully used the latter approach in the past can be found in this post on my blog. 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!