Sheri and I went to Vermont for our wedding – and we stayed at the Williams River House in Chester, VT.
What a beautiful place! The inn was built – or, well, the original portion of the inn was built in 1780. The house has all the requisite antiques and architectural interest such a home should have. But what I loved most was that the inn keepers have hens!! We LOVED hanging out with those hens! So beautiful – right down to the one with the Cher hairdo!
After our wedding, and a couple of days of relaxation, we relocated to Burlington where we hung out with a few of my graduate school friends – one of whom took us to a magical place called The Intervale. Its a Community Supported Agriculture farm at which you can find an astonishing array of flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit. Members come to gather their produce – but, even more importantly, they gather to enjoy the benefits of true community. When we visited, Vermont was experiencing a sweltering heat wave.
No joke about it – our car thermometer registered 106 degrees… Even if that included some padding for the heat index, it was still totally miserable. But the folks at The Intervale who brought their kids were having a ball. The kids were all playing together in the little kinder garden area and not a single one was complaining. And I noticed that overall The Intervale was…peaceful! There was conversation, but the tone was very relaxed, and people there to collect their goods seemed really serene.
All of that made us begin pondering ways to turn our little garden into a little farm. Isn’t it pretty amazing how good patches of dirt, good-hearted humans, and plants can all come together to create community? Yep – community is one of those things you have to feed and water and care for… Guess humans and the earth have a little bit in common, huh…??
Our house is that we can create a place – a farm – in the city, in which we can watch plants grow – of course – but where we can also watch our friends and family members gather and grow as well. It’s one thing, though, to marvel at The Intervale, but it’s quite another to actually start something here. Guess we have a little planning to do… But for now, our maters and squash and cucumbers are runnin’ CRAZY! And so are the weeds — we’ve gotta go get sweaty and dirty! Gotta LOVE our humidity!! :)