A lovely moment

One of the happiest moments of my life occurred years ago when I lost my publishing job. I’d been editor of Country Journal magazine for years, but the parent company was positioning its magazines for sale, and let its higher-paid people go to improve the profit margins.

What I lost was a lot of stress, and when I returned home to the farm that day– with its horses, heifers, chickens, and market gardens we’d been tending part-time for years, my first question to the universe was “Now what?”

And the answer came back in a knowing, a voice without words, and the Knowing said to me, “Farm.”

I answered, “That’s insane. I’m an organic gardener, not a farmer.”  And the Knowing replied, “Then make it a very big garden.” 

So we did, bride and I, and never looked back.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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