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Giving Thanks

I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year—and the list is long. It starts with the friends and family who encouraged my husband and I to pursue our dreams and start a farm in the mountains of North Carolina. A roof (and bright starry skies) above my head. The sheer luck that we found this beautiful property after our eighth offer during the toughest housing market in decades. The peace the farm brings. The beauty of the mountains that surround me. The sky free of light pollution that shines in a way I only rarely experienced before.

The opportunity to steward our land which lies amongst thousand of acres of the Blue Ridge Conservancy. The chance to be part of a tight knit mountain community that values sustainability and goodwill towards neighbors.

And of course there is something no one takes for granted anymore—good health. Plus a full time job I can work remotely, without this income it would be impossible to invest the capital needed to get a farm off the ground—I don’t take this for granted.

But most of all, I am thankful for the privilege to take what I’ve been given and what I’ve worked hard for and share it with others. I hope those who visit our farm will experience the same gratitude I am feeling today and get the same joy from flowers that I do. I will work hard and won’t rest on my laurels.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) makes an excellent holiday cutting.


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