Kevin and I have been dreaming up this farm for over a decade. It's taken shape in a variety of different iterations over the years, but the basic premise has always been the same. How can we support our community and local food system by bringing our passion for delicious and chemical-free foods to our friends and family? Can we do it in a way that nourishes both people and planet as part of the climate solution? And can we also do it in a way that is equitable, antiracist and supports justice?
Along with many others, 2020 offered us an opportunity to reevaluate our lives and priorities. We have two kids and worked so much we barely saw them. Kevin was toiling away in roofing and I was struggling to find meaning as a new associate in a busy law practice. When we had the chance to slow things down and start really mulling over our dream for the future, we knew that this was the right direction for our family. Fast forward a couple of years, some job changes (for both of us), and in 2022, we started looking for land to grow on.
Finding the right space that offered a livable residence for our family with enough land to grow on was challenging. Our incredible realtor, Julie Rosten at Delap Real Estate - who we can't recommend enough - hiked multiple 10+ acre properties with us until we came across this hidden gem in Greenfield. When a double rainbow popped up over the fields during a showing, we knew it was meant to be.
And it's all moved steadily along from there! With our family and friends by our sides, we have begun transforming what was already beautiful former horse pastures into a working regenerative veggie and flower farm. We ordered our very first seeds and our 33 egg-laying chickens came in February...
...And just last night, we took the plunge and ordered our hoop house to extend our season and bring you all greenhouse tomatoes and flowers that will knock your socks off.
As I sit here staring out at the expansive view over our 12.5 snow-covered acres, the traditional lands of the Nipmuc, Wabanaki, and Pocumtuc peoples, I can't help but tear up reflecting on our tremendous privilege to be the next stewards of this land. It is an incredible honor. It's hard waiting for the snow to melt so we can get started, but our first season as Moonrise Farm will be here before we know it. We're so excited - and a little nervous - to share this journey with all of you!