Have you ever sat down and thought about where your food comes from? Have you ever thought about the amount of energy that is required to get a crop from a field in Nebraska to a grocery store in Florida or Canada or Alaska? Have you ever wondered what would happen if there was a crop failure? What would you do if grocery stores ceased to exist tomorrow? How would you live? How would you eat? How valuable do you think a bushel of corn would become? What about a pack of seeds?
Farming is a tradition of mankind that predates the written word. It is one of those evolutionary things that has allowed us to separate ourselves from the wild animals and grow as a civilization. It is what stands in between us and total calamity and gives an overwhelming majority of us to spend time pursuing a multitude of other activities. It is what keeps our grocery stores full and in this country provides an abundance to the point where most people are barely aware that it still happens day in and day out.
This is my thing. This is my passion. This is farming. This is what I want my life’s work to look like when the day comes to settle the account that is my life. I want nothing more than to spend my days out in the sunshine, tending to my crops and providing opportunities to those around me to live and eat better. I want to help people establish a connection to this rock that we all share. I think people deserve to understand the satisfaction that comes with preparing a meal that has been cared for within walking distance of their home.
I have always had a love for the outside world. I love getting caught up in a quick moving summer shower. I love to sweat as the sun makes its presence felt on the face of the earth as we revolve around it day by day. I love the feel of a breeze on my face. I love the rapidness at which sleep comes after a day spent working. I love the idea of being able to work for myself and produce life sustaining nutrients for my family and loved ones.
These loves lead me to explore urban farming as a possible option for my future. As I was pondering the meaning of life on day, I made the startling connection that all that was truly needed to sustain human life were water, food and shelter. That’s it. Life can be summed up in those 3 things. If you have them, you live. Urban farming can help provide at least one of those things, and if managed properly, all 3.