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.

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"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