You may have noticed changes happening at Powder Keg Farms of late—and you’d be right. The farm has transitioned back into my care, and I have exciting updates to share about our new direction.
First, we are currently welcoming community members to help with farm tasks in exchange for wholesome food. We’ve already had wonderful folks working with us in this friendly, shared effort that has always been the backbone idea of “community supported agriculture.” If this interests you, please inquire directly for more details.
Second, we are pleased to announce we are working with Eukarya Christian Academy to teach their students and faculty Farming God’s Way. This simple way of farming equips agricultural communities to combat poverty and food scarcity and is described as a “well-balanced biblical, management and technological solution.”
Powder Keg Farms is the first and only model demonstration farm for Farming God’s Way in the country, and we intend to share this method and our experience as it unfolds.
As most of you know, we leased the farm for the past 18 months to Tyler, who continued farming our land and running the year-round CSA we began. He recently began his own venture—Pine Hollow Farms in Wardensville, WV—and we sincerely wish him success.
Leasing the farm gave us an incredibly beneficial hiatus. I got a much-needed rest and the opportunity to reboot my health, but also clarity and perspective about what matters to me. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back in my gardens and greenhouses and chicken coops, but also to take our farm in a new direction that directly embraces my values of teaching others about responsible, wholesome farming methods, especially when it can help them take care of themselves, and feeding folks the bounty we grow.
“Our roots run deep,” is not just some throwaway tagline. I grew up caring about how food was grown, how it affected the earth, and how it could solve food scarcity. (The pandemic certainly showed us how beneficial those skills can be, as have other events in our history.) I’ve practiced these principles all my life and always will. Hence, these two directions for the farm are right in line with who I am and what matters to me: nourishing each other with wholesome food, grown responsibly, and accessible to all, with a teaching component that fills my heart.
As for Brian, he’s embracing his own passion with the creation of LaMaster Arms.
And we have goats. That’s a cool new addition too.
That covers all the tomatoes . . . that’s all the dirt for now. 😊
Just some wholesome food-lovin’ farmers sharing about life on the farm.