This year was year like no other. Really, I mean that. I never thought in a million years that our life would be what it is to today and what it continues to grow and evolve into.
We bought our little farm almost 10 years ago expecting it to just provide us with the some breathing room and fresh air after living in town for so long. We didn't expect that I would be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis nor that our little girl would be diagnosed with Autism. As we came to grips with all we had been dealt, we also learned...and learned...and learned. During or journey we came to find that our little piece of fresh and sunshine would instead become our saving grace in the face of life altering change.
We now raise heritage breed ducks and small flocks of heritage breed poultry. We grow Ark of Taste heirloom vegetables and herbs with abandon. Everything in our world is local and organic. As a small scale caterer, I am proud to be the only one locally (actually for many. many miles) that only offers locally grown, seasonal fare. We also head up Eat Local Southern Tier, an outreach to bring the food service community together with the producers and the community at large. We have met some incredible people along the way and so grateful for the wisdom that they share.We try to give back by sharing our day to day life, including recipes, photos, success and failures on our website. And now nearly 50,000 come each week to see what goes on...who would have thought...we never expected it in a million years!
This year something else happened that will leave us forever changed...we have made the decision to move our growing energies to something we feel strongly about, helping special needs children. We are so proud to announce that in the spring of 2009 we will break ground on The Childrens Garden here at our farm.
The Children’s Garden will be a place where children in pre-k through 3rd grade with special needs can come with their families, and in small groups, can dig their fingers into the dirt and participate in their very own garden. They will learn to weed, water, plant and enjoy the fruits of their labor! A vegetable and fruit garden and a flower and herb garden will be established for their enjoyment and education.
While the children are here they will enjoy learning about life on a small farm, from the care of small animals to the importance of preserving our Heritage Breeds. They will enjoy interacting with many small farm animals who live here, from the ducks and chickens to Dumplin’ the teeny tiny horse who is coming here from Sunkissed Acres rescue and retirement in GA.Two of our ducks and three of our chickens and Tito the dog, also from Sunkissed Acres, will become additions to the therapy animals.
This was a year like no other, we are so incredibly blessed there really are no words to express it. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us get to this place in our lives, friends, family, neighbors and fellow producers...we love you all more than you know!
Colleen, Todd and Ally
The Farm at Nanticoke Creek
Union Center, NY 13760