This summer we took some time to step back and envision the next chapter of the farm- what it might look like, how it should run, what we’d like to grow, how we’d like to balance our time. Clear that we are not into growing for growth’s sake, we’d rather put our energy into tightening up our farm systems and deepening our knowledge about what we already do here. Quality, not quantity is our interest.
Of course, we’ll never perfect this farm life. And more and more surprises in weather and animal antics will catch us unprepared. But it is satisfying taking time to connect with our intention and staying true to it as we make our daily and seasonal plans. We feel lucky to be in this creative partnership together- after decades of having separate careers out in the world-we are now on the same page about what we want the Taproot Farm experience to be. This really is our first shared creative venture (besides raising a family) and we’re having a blast.
We love the energy and enthusiasm of young people. We love their resourcefulness, creativity and hope for the future. Taproot Farm will always make a place for them on our team.
Soooo… we’d like to introduce you to our new Farm Apprentice, Alexor Moore.
Joelle (Allen) and Alexor worked last year completing our cob cottage. They are both amazingly gifted and hard-working young adults. We just couldn’t have finished that masterpiece without them.
To introduce you to our new farm apprentice, it is best to hear it in his own words. His essence shines through:
We moved to Rio, WV in 1997 from suburban Ohio. There were wild raspberries in the spring, and blackberries in the summer! The pond by the house came stocked by nature with newts, bluegill, and goldfish to keep me and my brothers busy. We spent most of our time outside, running around and being kids. Looking back now, the thing that makes me the happiest is that my past has led me to exactly where I am now. And I desire more than ever to grow in ways that I had never known was possible! Why does being a Taproot Farm apprentice interest you - why do you think this is a good choice for you for the next couple of years? I believe the most important thing a human can do is to sustain themselves by living symbiotically with nature. There is something about utilizing nature’s abundance for sustenance and healing that just feels so real and true to me. I want to learn how to become a leader and a teacher, and learn how to be less dependent by minimizing the use of fossil fuels and focusing on local resources. By the end of two years at Taproot, I hope to have gained the confidence and knowledge to help bring people together and guide them to feel passionate about the earth like we do. I want to put in place natural systems at the farm that can be carried on by others so they can be improved and sustained for years to come.
Ready to farm!
A dream of mine since I read about four-season gardening by Elliot Coleman is to have a year-round food supply of fresh greens and vegetables. I dream about having a plot of land where I can farm year-round. Once my basic needs are met (fresh food, clean water, clean air, shelter, and warmth) I want to become an inspiring teacher to help others notice what has always been available under their feet. I am passionate about health and teaching others how to be healthy. I’m passionate about quality workmanship using the earth’s resources.
What are your off-farm interests/hobbies/favorite lazy Saturday afternoon things to do? I like to read, play guitar, work on my car, prepare food, spend time with my younger and bigger brother playing music and having as many happy moments as possible.
Well, welcome aboard Lex!