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Water is the Source of Life
Farming on a small scale makes it more possible to run exclusively on captured rain water. Our farm is steadily heading towards that goal.
Farming in Community
Our farm sits within a living & abundant neighborhood. As a mission-based farm, we place equal value on our neighbors as we do our plants.
This is a farm, not a dumpster
Though it's always disheartening to find dumped garbage around our farm, the abundance of beauty that grows around it softens the blow. Flowers will find a way! Dealing with litter and garbage is a significant obstacle for our urban farm.
Vandalism as a Part of Life
We upgraded to three locks after our shed was broken into two nights in a row. Vandalism is an unfortunate reality of farming in urban areas, from senseless killing of chickens to purposeful theft of machinery, our farm has weathered countless acts of destruction throughout our years of operation. The best method of preventing vandalism is building community.
Darkness & Light
Creating abundance & beauty is not for the fainthearted; our farm is not a stranger to bullets. Our farm is a ministry of a church and we believe that God will prevail over the violence of our neighborhood.
Garden of Eden
The Ezekiel passage speaks for itself. The mission of our farm is not to grow food; it's to allow God to do his work of restoration through us. Desolate places are not endings, but beginnings.
Everyone Loves Food
Food brings people together. Our cobb oven & concrete table are useful tools to this end.
Don't Forget the Seating & Shade
If a goal of an urban farm is to nurture relationships & build community, you have to be intentional when it comes to comfort & accessibility. We have designated community spaces at our farm.
Rain or Shine
Many folks assume that urban farmers don't face pressure from large pests, such as deer + groundhogs. Both are extremely persistant nusances that eat significant portions of our crops. Good fencing is hard to find outside funding for, so we often rely on less effective fencing measures. Here, I'm installing some fencing on a particularly rainy afternoon.
Work in Progress
Sometimes it takes special eyes to see the progress of our farm - you have to look beyond the chaos that is sometimes glaringly in the forefront.
Keeping my baby away from poisonous plants and busy streets keeps me on my toes while I'm at work at the farm.
Nature vs Invasives
Removing invasive species - such as Japanese knotweed - while safeguarding and/or reintroducing natives like milkweed + motherwort takes time, attention, and patience. Helping Mother Nature restore her precious and miraculous balance is a long process.
All images, titles, and captions © AJ Monsma | 2019 | The Female Farmer Photovoice Project
The Female Farmer Photovoice Project
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