Bethany Garden is so beautiful and productive! So well tended! There is a lot of food coming off this one acre demonstration plot. There were many visitors on Wednesday from the Coady Institute, and they noticed too.
David and I made the trip to Antigonish to meet with Colleen and Michael, help install the irrigation pipe, and review financial information. Meeting some of the people from Coady was an extra bonus! I talked with a woman from India who is going to send us some seeds of a vegetable she thinks we can grow here in NS. I met Purity, who runs an environmental organization for youth in Nairobi. But her father is a farmer and she has access to family land outside the city, so I think the visit inspired her to think more about the possibility of becoming a farmer herself. She was impressed with the light-weight tools used at Bethany, and the seeder! “Your tools and equipment make it all so much easier than it is back home.” She was asking me about being a farmer, and then she paused, took a deep breath, and said “you seem so content.” That took me by surprise. It has been a challenging year for David and I on our farm, but then I took a deep breath and realized, yes. I am content. Purity seemed so wise, thoughtful, and perceptive. I feel encouraged that she will be a strong leader in her country.
I wish I’d gotten around to meet every single visitor and heard their stories. What a rich group! Below are a few more photos from the day.