“I was told as a kid, ‘You don’t want to be a farmer, there’s no money in it,’” T.D. recalls. “But I grew up on a farm. It’s my passion. First thing in the morning, watering transplants in the hoophouse… It’s peaceful. You realize what you’re taking care of right now is going to provide a year’s worth of produce.”
By a stroke of luck, T.D. and Sarah were able to buy a farm just a stone’s throw from where T.D. grew up, with his grandparents and mom. “Now we’re within a tractor’s drive of wherever we need to be!” They’re in the Iowa countryside, with those sweet, rolling Iowa hills around, holding Garden Oasis Farm in the palm of their hand. They’re remote enough their dogs, cat, flock of chickens, and even 3 goats all run around totally free, no fences needed.
Sarah was close to full-time on the farm too, but took a job away from the farm last fall. “We’re working to get back to both of us full time on the farm. That’s the goal.”
Why do T.D. & Sarah grow with organic methods? “I want to be able to eat things right out of the ground and not worry about what’s on it. And I think organically grown food tastes better ,” T.D. explains. Really. “Some of our farming friends have commented that they are jealous of our nice black dirt. It just seems to make things taste good and look great. Read their full article here.
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