Yesterday was one of those days that you can only dream about during the long, cold and snowy days of an Ohio Winter.

The Weigela bushes are in full bloom at the farm
The Weigela bushes are in full bloom at the farm

It was simply a perfect day. The sun was shining, the temperatures were in the mid-70’s – and best of all, we both worked in the garden and around the farm from sun up to sun down. It just doesn’t get any better than that – period!

I don’t think Mary nor I could ever imagine life without our garden, or our chickens and bees – or anything else that comes with our little 3 acre Old World Garden Farm.

But what makes us both even happier is that each and every day, more people from every walk of life are realizing the same thing. They want to plant their first garden, grow some of their own food, and even raise a few chickens for their own eggs.

There is something very special about becoming responsible for the food on your table. In addition to the ever-rising cost of fresh food and produce, the simple fact is that almost everything purchased in the grocery store now contains additives, preservatives  – or has been sprayed with who knows what. Add in the extreme drought that is now hitting in parts of California – and it may harder than ever in the coming months to find the fresh vegetables and fruits we all need.

A single days harvest from the 2012 garden
A single days harvest from the garden last summer

That is why growing and preserving and preparing more of our own food is the key – now and in the future.

Our garden’s raised rows now account for the majority of our staple food the year round – and our grape vines, fruit trees, strawberry patch and blueberry bushes provide tons of fruit as well. The best part of it all – the planting and harvesting are great exercise as well!

I can honestly say we both really prefer growing, cooking and eating our own food over anything else. It’s a simple approach that is healthy and enjoyable at the same time – and you can never ask for more than that!

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Happy Gardening – Jim and Mary!

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