Growing Homes Harvest Festival
Yesterday was a perfect day to be on a farm, especially a farm that is doing so much good. From my earlier post, Growing Homes Marseilles location is a 10-acre farm growing organic foods and teaching people valuable skills. Yesterday, we went on a tour of the farm and learned the different types of vegetables and fruit they plant such as apple trees, asparagus, swiss chard, tomatoes, beans, kale, basil, onions, garlic, and the list goes on. It’s amazing to see the variety they can produce on their land, especially when I looked around at all 4 sides of the farm and see only monoculture corn fields for miles. Their biodiversity provides healthier soils and eliminates the use of chemical sprays. Chickens were very much part of the system too. These free-range birds were living well with fresh air, space and food, while doing what they do best by picking through compost and the field.
It was nice to see so many people come out and support their efforts and value the benefits of organic and locally grown foods. By the time I got around to the market, most of the produce was sold out. I did get a couple onions, garlic, yellow string beans and tasted some yummy ripe tomatoes on the tour. In addition to the perfect day, The Giving Tree Band played late in the afternoon. For the last 5 years, they performed at the festival. I’ve seen them back in April and love their live presence, music and mission to sustainability. Seeing them in an intimate setting was great. To end the nice day at the farm, we were invited to a barbecue and had grilled zucchini, eggplant, homemade canned beets and watermelon. Now that’s what I call a successful harvest festival.