After two years of not so quiet observation of my lack of lawn, grass, beauty, and life in our backyard, SJ and I took to the dirt. Out went the scraggles of what some may call bermuda grass and in came a dump truck full of 22 year old Dekalb County compost. I lost count of how many times I wheeled compost, gravel and brick to our backyard. After 12 hours of labor and a few weeks of planning, our babies, organic vegetable and flower seeds, were in the ground. I purchased seeds from Botanical Interest including, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, melons, basil, cucumbers, corn, beans, marigolds and nasturtiums.
As human beings have become “more civilized” and “more efficient”, we have lost the will and ability to care for ourselves. We rely increasing more on the talents of others, mostly machines, to provide for our daily needs. As my interest in food has evolved over the years, it continues to come back to the Earth, to the roots, to the beginning. The ability to cultivate your family’s own food supply, while all the time controlling the quality and methods of which it is grown, is a talent that is incredibly under appreciated. People agonize over the side effects of drugs and the cost of healthcare but don’t stop the think about what goes into producing fruits and vegetables that cost less than $1/lb. What cost cutting methods are used and when does that cost catch back up with us?
With one of our first steps at going all natural, I present the Seyfred Family Farm