Tir na nOg
"In Irish mythology and folklore, Tír na nÓg ([tʲiːɾˠ n̪ˠə ˈn̪ˠoːɡ]; "Land of the Young") or Tír na hÓige ("Land of Youth") is one of the names for the Otherworld, or perhaps for a part of it. It is depicted as a supernatural realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy."
I took the scenic route from New York to Maine, through a rainy New Hampshire and Vermont. It's funny, New England looked more like what I had expected of the Pacific Northwest.
A few weeks prior I had finalized plans for my last WWOOF farm. When I walked into the house Sue and John, another worker, were busy making homemade beer. It was delicious :)
Both Sue and Holly are incredibly knowledgable farmers. Below are a few things that were going on during my stay:
- Foraging and harvesting of wild mushrooms
- Honeybee hives
- Maintaining 3 greenhouses full of flowers and fresh organic vegetables
- Raising of Highland cattle
- Laying hens
- Pigs (that love belly rubs!)
- Farmer's market
Working in the greenhouse one day, harvesting heirloom tomatoes no doubt, it occurred to me how much things had changed since I had first set out on this adventure back in April. For one thing I now loved working in the garden. Back in Arkansas... not so much. Large-scale production is a big lesson in patience and hard, hard work. There's a reason why small, organic farms are harder to come by and sell their food at a higher price. But if nothing else that taste is soo worth it. I'm now trying to keep my little fall patch alive as long as I can.
I miss this peaceful little place and these people.
"Recall that whatever lofty things you might accomplish today, you will do them only because you first ate something that grew out of dirt." - Barbara Kingsolver