Thoughts on the Farm: By Business Owner Jeff Waters
I was on my way back from a pickle, soup, and Italian Gourmet run when I passed Windswept Farm on Braddock Road just east of the County Parkway. The 41 acre farm was sold several months ago and has had time to start its farm death spiral. The fields are well on their way to being overrun with weeds, especially invasive species weeds. There’s a decaying big round bale of hay lying outside the broken down barn, barely visible in the four foot high weeds. And the horses. Of course there are no horses. No horses kicking up their heels on a cold fall morning. No horses bending their regal necks down to eat grass or drink from the beautiful pond just over the hill from the road. No horses. Even though a church is being built on the property, that dirt may never have more soul than when those animals called it home.
Trust me, I understand the impulse of the young and not so young to sell and take it easy. There’s a reason for the popularity of taking it easy. Nadine, my great staff, and I have chosen the other way. Too many hours for less than top wages, the cold, the hot, rain that seems to come only in torrents, and that little 30 inch snow we had earlier this year (checking up on the baby pigs in the worst of the blizzard was very exciting!).
But I love this. I love everything about this; my morning chats with Henry while we listen to a little classic rock, feeding the pigs (who knew they make every sound except oink?), calling the chickens and smiling as they come running for treats or a petting, walking over the hill in the produce area and seeing the green carpet of vegetables, working at the market and getting to meet so many people, rebuilding the stuff on the farm, getting to work with great people, the smiles on the little tykes faces during the field trips and festival days, getting to play with the big toys, (I mean operating the equipment), and too many other things to mention.
When I started writing this, I was very sad thinking about Windswept Farm. Thinking about all the things I love about Whitehall Farm, has cheered me up. We’ll continue to take the hard way.
Thank you for helping,