Who We Are

On a recent weekend – we had the rare occasion of having the weekend off.  The kids had no softball or baseball games scheduled.  There were no school events that we needed to “volunteer” for 🙂 – and no place in particular we  had to be. So what did we do?

Ok…probably more of who we are at the farm 🙂

Instead of those things that some might consider to be fun and restful, like sleeping in or taking a mini-vacation –  we were out at the farm – working together, and putting in two full days mowing, gardening, planting and dreaming.

And you know why?  Because it is what WE TRULY LOVE!  It really is that simple.

Some of our closest friends…and no – unfortunately, they don’t help out on the farm

So many people who write to us at the blog from all over ask who we really are – and I have always thought the little tab on our blog entitled “How It All Started” says it best:  We’re far from “hippies” – we don’t aspire to live off the “grid”, and in spite of our children and friends constant ribbing – we don’t wish to make our clothes from hemp. We’re actually pretty regular run of the mill people who have become committed to a more simple approach to life and want to be responsible for a majority of the food we eat – and help conserve the resources we consume.

We both came from great families who gardened, and both have fond childhood memories of working alongside our parents in the garden and kitchen. We remember homegrown meals, and great winter dishes made from the food we grew and canned in the summer. We both realize now that it was some of the best times we ever had, and strive to once again create a household that embraces those values responsibly. Simply put – to do things the best way possible for us and the land.  Nothing more – and nothing less.

So as I write this tonight – I can tell you this is how we view this past weekend of farm work.   It was nothing short of spectacular! Perfect temperatures – beautiful sunny days – with no humidity – and doing what we both love to do together – work on our farm.  It is and will always be a work in progress – but each day it gets a little better – feeds us a little more – and makes our future a little more certain and secure.

So when friends ask us why we work so hard at it  – we usually just smile and say: “it’s never work – it’s what we love to do”  And that truly is who we are and why we do what we do.

– Jim & Mary

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24 thoughts on “Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do

  • December 3, 2015 at 5:25 am

    This is so inspiring. I am going to university in Scotland and using your recipes to make more local and seasonal produce (much better tasting and a great way to get friends together). Thank you so much for creating this blog!

    • December 3, 2015 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Isabelle for the kind words. We hope to inspire others as much as they inspire us. Good luck at the university!!

  • June 14, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Your lifestyle is my dream I’m 73 and live in a retirement community but lucky enough to have a half acre and my hole back yard is fruit trees ,garden, and flowers all my friends think I’m crazy but I feel like you I love being in my garden.

  • October 7, 2014 at 3:44 am

    So excited to have found your blog all the way from New Zealand! And I completely agree with your approach…nothing too crazy, just living a more simple life! Looking forward to following you =)

  • May 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Truly amazing!. There is an old saying that somewhere in this world each person has a “twin”, with respect to interests, desires, goals in life, lifestyle, etc. The way you two think is exactly how we think, and we, my wife and I, are also, Jim and Mary(-Jane).

  • October 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Y’all are so sweet! Love the blog, and share the majority of your FB posts with my FB friends. Love how you’re sharing your knowledge and the good, natural ways of preparing the soil over the winter and canning and recipes, etc.

    Loved reading about your great day making fresh pasta using your mother’s vintage equipment/appliances and hearing all the family stories. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    I hunt for kitchen items from the late 40’s – 50’s that my mother used as I grew up in the 50’s-60’s and have found some neat things that bring back memories that my grandchildren will hopefully grow up with and cherish when I’m gone. My daughter is teaching her tiny children to cook; and I’m looking forward to making memories with them. Hope to garden and have them help harvest, prepare and can/freeze the bounty, so they’ll learn and pass along the way of life you’re preserving, which their ancestors on both sides lived.

    Warm wishes for great success!

    • October 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Wow -thank you so much Sharon It sounds like you have a great family who really shares in it all! Good luck with all your future dreams and thank you so much for all the kind words about our little blog

  • October 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I’m so excited, I can hardly stand myself!!! I just *tripped* over your blog and started wandering through it and now I can’t get a THING done because I’m so excited to have found y’all!! I grew up on a dairy farm in NC and your pictures and stories bring back such wonderful, vivid memories of my growing up years!! Thank you so much for sharing yourselves with us and for your WONDERFUL blog!! I can’t WAIT for all your future entries. 🙂

  • October 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

    You two are as attractive as your farm. I am looking forward to seeing the cabin go up. thank you for sharing your life. We are retirement age and moved onto our five acres a year ago, loving the country life and learning so much. I am finally living my dreams, canning stuff from the garden and eating healthier. Hope to get chickens. Have wood heat and my husband enjoys the wood gathering, splitting, burning etc. I really enjoy your posts, recipes etc. Nancy

  • September 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I cannot tell you how long I’ve been searching for your blog, I didn’t know that you have changed your logo and home page ! Which is awesome ! I couldn’t remember the blog name either, I was cooked. Somehow I stumbled onto your page, now I am a happy camper !!!!! You are both so inspiring, I want to try everything in your blog ! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • September 12, 2013 at 5:45 am

      Wow – such a nice compliment! Thank you so much and so glad you enjoy the blog! Jim and Mary

  • September 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Love Love your blog…I’m learning ways to grow food here in the desert where I live ! Everything your post is full of great information. Thank you !

    • September 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you so much Rue!! What a wonderful comment to receive! Jim and Mary

  • September 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I grew up in Virginia in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and my family also grew what we ate and canned the excess for long, cold winters. It’s cool to read your acticles and so inspiring! I just liked you and I was the 600th person to click the “Like Button”!

    • September 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Linda – Thank you so much! So glad you like our blog and we are happy that you were our 600th like!!! We really are having a blast with the farm and hope someday to retire to it.


  • September 1, 2012 at 6:21 am

    So happy for you that you’ve found your life’s purpose. It sounds like a lovely way to spend a weekend. Continued blessings…

  • May 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Its so nice to put faces to names!! And what lovely faces they are! 🙂 Love the post.

    • May 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks so much – hope things are going great on the farm for you guys!

  • May 14, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Wonderfully written! I think that people can be surprised about the amount of “work” that you view as fun. And the much slower pace of life is something that I am constantly striving for. After I had kids, life started to speed up way too much, and now my babes are growing too fast!

    • May 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

      It’s crazy how fast it all gets – one is graduating high school in a few weeks – two more will be in high school and the other just a year away! As for the work – it really is fun isn’t it? I love being exhausted at the end of the day from a hard day’s work. Crazy huh?

  • May 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Beautiful! Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to visit your farm. ~K & P

    • May 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

      We cant wait to have you visit! Let us know when you and Phil are free sometime – we can have dinner out there!

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