Miolea Organic Farm

  (Adamstown, Maryland)
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Heart Break on a Farm Should be Expected

My Mom passed away Wednesday May 27th at 5:00 am, I knew this because at 6:23 the phone rang and it was my sister.  She couldn't get it out but she didn't have to, my mom suffered from breast cancer and it spread to her bones.  She was in terrible pain and in the end it was really a blessing for her, we were selfishly hoping she would be around longer but it truely wasn't fair to her.  She had given us everything she had from life lessons to cooking lessons and she was crazy about spelling and grammar.  I unfortunately let her down on both of those.

She was delt a cruel hand for life but she raised three really good kids and she always had a smile, a laugh and strong shoulder.  She was a great cook and loved to entertain.  But what was endearing was her ability to laugh and look at the bright side of every cloud.  She lives on every time I cook tomatoe sauce, bread, meatloaf, well you get the picture.  Mom is with most of her family now, they are all probably sitting around playing cards and joking and laughing.  She had the ability to forgive like no other, a trait I am still trying to emulate.  We grieve and we miss her terribly but she wouldn't want us to morn, she was a partier and that is what she would have wanted. 

Life continued and on the same day as her death we had a contract to deliver vegetables to a new market.  We started harvesting our lettuces, kales and collards to sell; we found out after delivery that the red leaf lettuce didn't pass expectations so they rejected them.  We got alot of rain and when my mom passed we were unable to pick the fruit as soon as we liked to.  That led to an infestation of strawberry sap beetles and a collapse of our strawberry patch.  The strawberries were one of the few cash cows we had so that just added to this weeks heart ache. 

There are so many things that can go wrong on a farm, from the most horrific to a microscopic bug reaking havoc.  Going into this, we like most everyone else expected it to be hard and trying, but on the farm we are learning that know matter how much we know and try to prevent heart break is something that should be expected.  


History Lesson

You have to research and read alot if you want to learn why your vegetables look the way the do or what is causing the little wholes in the leaves or why the leaves are curling or tomatoes have black spots on the bottom or you get the idea. 

It helps if you like puzzels because that in way is what it is, if you have no history behind you with growing large scale vegetable plots.  But this is what's so cool about the farming community, there are people out there with working knowledge and practical work experience, except for what we are doing.  We are not the only organic vegetable growers but in our neck of the woods there aren't alot of older more experienced organic vegetable growers.  In Maryland there is a large contingency of organic growers and like our own local farm community they are very gracious to spend time with you and answer your questions.  It seems like we all have this same idea of growing food that is healthy for us to grow and  more importantly for the long term healthy to eat. 

I find the people in the organic community and farming in general to be stewards of the soil, the water and the ecology in general.  I know there are folks out there that are the complete opposite, they have mono-culture farms that are detrimental to the environment and the water and the nieghborhood,  But I don't see organic folks like this, or those people that are using sustainable agricultural practises abusing the land and resources.  The people that are part of the sustainability movement are those people that are commited  as we are commited  to using ecological practises that mimic the poly-culture that mother earth provides and sustains.  We try our best to learn from the history of farming and mother nature to make sure what we do is not harmnful to us and the people that work here and food that we eat and sell.  George Santayana said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  When it comes to growing history is the greatest lesson.


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