the farm we rented this week has been a highly successful vegetable operation for the last fifteen years--well known by the name backyard harvest. boo, the landowner, and farmer in mention, was the first grower in town to plant the seeds towards developing what is today a bustling farmer’s market scene in athens.
for family reasons, backyard harvest was abandoned just after the climax of this past summer. all the crops, on the entire farm, were left in place, grown to maturity, and died where they stood. nothing was cleared. no plants were pulled. no cover crops were sown to protect the earth from the winter’s cold breath.
weeds grew to maturity, spewing their seeds across our canvas, and choking the top layer of our soil into a dense weedy web. today began the healing process. today was a new beginning for what was once backyard harvest.