Saturday morning greeted me with the sound of rain pounding against the roof of our house. I couldn’t believe that, yet again, the weather was not cooperating with our planned trip. We had been arranging to visit a nearby farmstead for over six months now, but every time the day arrived, the weather was poor, the kids were sick, an unexpected errand popped up, and our trip was put on hold. But this past Saturday, despite the rain that was coming down in sheets outside the window, I decided we were just going to go for it. And I’m so very glad that we did!
This past weekend we had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Nadig family’s farm. Although the weather was a bit chilly, the rain stopped when we arrived, and we were immediately greeted by the warmest of families we could have ever hoped to have met. This family of seven seemed to completely embrace that which is true stewardship of the land in a way that can only help to enrich the earth and everything she has to offer.
John and his wife Charlotte have a vision to “provide healthy, chemical free food to [their] children and practice what [they] consider to be godly stewardship over the land and animals under [their] care.” John visited Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm and has adopted many of the farming practices that Salatin and his family practice in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
We spent the morning walking the farm and learning a great deal from John…and three of his young children, ages eight, six and five. Let me tell you, these little ones knew more about the life cycle of plants and animals than most adults could ever hope to know in a lifetime. My girls were immediately swept up in their discussions of life on the farm and as I assumed would happen, my five year old asked if she could stay there and live with them 🙂
After what was an amazing morning, we pulled away from the farm with 35 pounds of grass fed ground beef, eggs, beautiful hand-dyed, hand-spun wool yarn, and minds filled with information and wonderful memories. Thank you Nadig family for a wonderful visit!