The “good old days” invoke a feeling of nostalgia; a time when neighborhoods were extended families of the households living on the street. Who wouldn’t want to live in the good old days, when neighbors talked, knew each other, ate together, and looked after each others’ properties?
It wasn’t until last year that we discovered we’d been living among the most amazing neighbors and had no idea. Our family farm exists due to the kindness of those living closest to us. We are so grateful for the neighbors in our community and the ongoing support they provide our family and farm. While most of them will never read this, we want to say thank you again, publically. There is no way our little family farm would accomplish all it does without their generosity and support.
Every single neighbor on the street has given to make this the best year ever. We doubled in size thanks to the graciousness of 3 different neighbors contributing their land. With the added land came increased labor (lots of it!). Several neighbors have volunteered time and equipment repeatedly to get the job done.
Besides labor, several neighbors have assisted with our chickens. This year has been particularly tough due to coyote attacks. Thanks to the help of a neighbor, we were able to better protect our flock (and the flocks of the entire neighborhood). Additionally, the heat has been horrendous on the life expectancy of our birds these last couple of weeks. Several neighbors voluntarily came forward and helped us when they heard how we had been affected.
I could fill this little post with multiple examples of where those living closest to us, without being asked, called or showed up and provided help. This farm is truly community supported, and we are excited that it provides us an opportunity to support our community in return. Last year your support provided close to $3,000 for the volunteer groups who ran the farm. We are looking forward to an even more bountiful harvest this season.
If you are fortunate enough to meet one of our neighbors while visiting the farm, please shake their hand and let them know how much you appreciate their support. They are all far too humble to understand just how important they are to our success. In addition, as a courtesy to them, please remember to drive slowly when you are on their street (Pfeifer); it really helps keep the dust down.
Again, thank you neighbors!