I’m a Gardening, Homemaking, Jesus-Loving, Organic-Living, All-Natural Mama.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture, and love all things soil and plant related.
I strive to be environmentally friendly, recycle all that I can, and compost or reuse what I can’t.
I believe in a simple lifestyle, living off the land, making as much of my families products as I can, and giving thanks in all areas of life.
I realized, as I got married, and then got pregnant right away, that I wanted to stay home with my daughter full time. My garden allows me to do that. My husband and I felt God putting it on our hearts to trust in Him and that He will provide any financial short comings that might come to pass, with me not working full time…So we broke ground, busted our butts to build a farmstand and we invited people to come!
I decided to partner with my parents and start 2 market gardens. One at their place (2 acres), and 1 garden on our property (the main stand and selling location).
I obviously prayed, A LOT, about what to do in regards to helping supplement our income, and was getting more and more frustrated as the days went by (basically it was me trying to take matters into my own hands…you think I would have learned by now). Daniel (my wonderful, incredible, sensible, level-headed husband, who never stops letting me just do my thing) and I had some serious talks about how I just wanted to garden. But how, besides lowering our grocery bill, could that help us in the long run?
Then, these crazy ideas started popping up into my head. How do I make money gardening? How do I make money showing and teaching people about how much healthier and easier it is to make their own canned products and home products? How will I bring my plant and herb knowledge into the world, and show people what Herbalism is and natural healing is? How will I bring the community together to support local agriculture? How will I bring other gardeners together to help each other?
I thought I was going insane, to be honest. I am normally an “act first and think later” person. Which has gotten me into plenty of trouble in the past, ha!
So I spent a couple of days really praying and seriously evaluating what it would be like to manage my parents garden and my own, and do it correctly.
Buzz, buzz, buzz went my thoughts. Then I woke up one night at 3:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep. You know that saying, if you can’t sleep, it’s Gods way of telling you, you need to be praying? Well I went downstairs, opened my bible and I started reading. I don’t know what led me to 1 Corinthians (who am I kidding, GOD led me to 1 Corinthians) and started reading about the Wisdom and Power of God. And this just really stuck out to me.
1 Corinthians 1:25-28 (NIV)
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame to wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are.”
That coupled with 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 which talks about laying the right kind of foundation, and that if you use silver and gold (money) to build your foundation, it will not stand, made me very humble.
I had been thinking of this garden or ANYTHING for that matter, as a means to make money, money, money.
That night, I just felt God say “It can’t be about the money or the glory, or the power. It must be about reaching others. Reaching the lost. Every piece of produce you sell should reflect the beauty in this world, despite the ugly. Show Christ, using the talents I have given you. Lead others to him…and he will bless you beyond what you can imagine (and not necessarily in a financial sense, but blessings of a spiritual nature)”.
So that night, I felt God’s peace, and I felt my brain go silent. I felt God’s blessing in this venture.
So that’s why we decided to start selling produce! We want to bring our community together with produce. We want to be able to offer organically grown produce to anyone, not just those that can afford it.