Becoming an Urban Farmer

On this misty, unusually warm day in October, I picked a variety of vegetables and flowers at our community garden, knowing deep in my soul, I graduated from a gardener to an urban farmer. Filling this large laundry basket with luscious lettuce, kale, beets, carrots and dill is so rewarding. The produce is being prepared to sell to the Wallkill East Rotary Club, which I am presenting to about an Agriculture Program we plan to start at our HEART in Haiti School. I am filled with pride that the plots which were abandoned by people at our community garden were weeded, replanted and revived on July 26. Now, less than 3 months later, these plots are producing enough food to sell the excess for helping the HEART in Haiti Community and our local St. Margaret's Soup Kitchen.

Growing food beyond my family and friends feels big, feels amazing, feels like I am really making a difference in the world which can ripple out beyond anyone's imagination. Since May 21, we have grown over 500 pounds of food at our home and community gardens. I've been gardening since I was 4 years old, learning from my Mom, neighbor Inabelle, my boyfriend now husband and of course the earth. Step by step, year by year, I've experimented in different growing arenas and loved the entire process. Other ventures in my life have felt hard and overwhelming to learn. Gardening and urban farming feel fun, exciting and rewarding. I would love to help you with your next step on your growing journey, whether you feel like you are starting from scratch, have a bit of experience or years of experience.

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