September 02, 2022
I had not grown anything, nor had I built anything and nor did I know anything about animals or livestock....after watching a 10 minute video clip, that all changed. The video clip was about a family who grew their own food on 1/5 of an acre in Pasadena. Their story, though inspiring, left me with a terrible feeling of disconnectedness. With no experience growing food I felt a disconnect with my Creator, with nature, and with all those throughout history who grew their own food. I also realized at that moment how dependent I was on others to grow my food; I wouldn't know how to grow food if my life depended on it! I resolved right then and there: “That’s it. I’m going to do something about it.”
The next day I ordered a few tons of dirt, watched a YouTube video on how to make a raised garden bed, and from that point on my wife and I started the journey we’re still on today. We converted our back yard into a thriving garden filled with fruit trees, edible plants, herbs and even a few chickens. Soon after, the opportunity arose to farm 2 ½ acres of undeveloped land smack in middle of our city. For the last 12 years, with the help of some friends, we’ve planted over 100 trees, built about that many garden boxes, installed irrigation, help deliver baby goats, raised chickens, built arbors, tables and built a sense of community with like-minded people. What has unfolded over these years is a small farm known as The Simple Farm. For a short season we had a farmer’s market, but now our focus is on seasonal farm-to-table dinners (partnering with the best local chefs) and workshops that give people a taste of farm life in the middle of their city.
Through lots of hard work and some hardships I’m now enjoying this sense of connectedness, independence and inter-dependence with our much appreciated volunteers. Because I had a late start with no experience, I hope to inspire other disconnected and over-dependent people to discover their “inner-farmer.” It’s never too late.