I spent a very cold but beautiful morning watching the sun rise over Sundog Organic Farm‘s new home a half hour or so northwest of the city. I was there to shoot photos and video for a project they asked me head up to document the journey of establishing their new organic vegetable farm – a multi-year project that I anticipate being rewarding for all parties involved.
The barren winter agricultural land was a poignant reminder how dramatically our food scene changes through the seasons. Currently: snow and frozen earth. And the gentle north-west wind is so damn cold that you hardly want to be outside. Yet in a few short months, it will be a green cornucopia of vegetable and fruit biodiversity, people, and healthful land stewardship resulting in good food for our community. I find people like this moving to places like this to tackle agriculture differently inspiring. It takes balls.
When I shot their ‘From Local Farms’ episode back in the summer, Jenny and James were talking about the big move that was still in the works. They’re currently in the weeds of it, moving their life and family to this new piece of land that will support them moving forward. It’s manyfold larger in acreage, and will give them considerable opportunities for growth, practice of proper crop rotation and cover cropping, and will give them the space to set deep roots. Overwhelmed by potential, change, and hard work, it’s going to be an exciting and exhausting year for these folks. More on this as winter lets go, and spring breathes life into the coming growing season.