Have you heard of Polyface Farms located in Swoope,VA just outside of Staunton? Well if you haven’t – just google ‘Joel Salatin’ and you will be introduced into the REAL world of agriculture, healthy food & clean farming. You may not like what you hear and you might have to take a hard look at what you consume, so be ready because this man and his message is not to be ignored! You are about to experience a reality food and lifestyle check if you read any of his books or listen to any of his youtube videos. I will be heading down to Polyface Farms in April to attend one of their Lunatic Tours and I can’t wait ! Joel speaks around the world but I am excited to hear him speak on his own turf this Spring at his family farm. If you are not lucky enough to take a ride through the Blue Ridge mountains and visit Polyface Farms, consider attending one of Joel’s speaking events or reading one of his books, if you are super frugal like myself listen to him talk on YouTube! Until then, start seeding and enjoy these photographs from a bacon mission this past summer! I didn’t take a lot of photographs because I was just so excited to be there, I plan on taking a lot more photographs in April!
Have you ever taken a trip to Mayor Blair’s Dahlia Plantation? 10,000 Tubers of Dahlias. A field of BEAUTY! This is your spot to go for a wedding, special occasion or party! 260 Highland Street, Holliston, MA! Absolutely AMAZING!! The Dahlias are the size of your face!!
Have you ever been to Elm Bank in South Natick/Wellesley? It is a secret gem of the Boston Metro-West area. IT IS GORGEOUS! Gardens Galore ! There are so many niche gardens (Rhododendron, Italianate, Weezy’s Children’s Garden, GARDEN TO TABLE – My personal favorite, and the list goes on) ! This is a great place to come and get some open space , fresh air, and tons of natural beauty – manicured and wild. I am personally involved in the Garden To Table Garden that is volunteer ran – all vegetables produced here are donated to local food banks. Last year we donated over 4,000 lbs. ! G2T (Garden To Table) I will save for another post because it is a story in itself !
Back on August 13 Elm Bank hosted a free festival on their grounds with live music thanks to Jennifer Kimball, tours, art, tastings, and great vibes ! THE POMOMA FESTIVAL honoring the Greek God Pomoma – honoring Fruit Trees, Gardens & Orchards ! My kind of gal !!! MMM HMM !
If you live in the area, I encourage you to become a member of Mass Hort (short for The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, who’s headquarters are located at Elm Bank) and make touring their grounds a weekly event! They also have a great newsletter with different activities for children & adults all throughout the year! Here are a couple of snippets from the Pomoma Festival at sunset!
Being from Texas, we have a few cacti, I was excited to see cactus that grows as a perennial here in New England makes me feel at home! Here is some ‘Eastern Prickly Pear’ also known as ‘Optunia humifusa’ they get beautiful Yellow flowers – see below ( I am going out on a limb here and identifying a specific species, I apologize if I am incorrect)! I believe there are other varieties and recall that the New England Wild Flower Society has a garden area dedicated to different cactuses grown here in New England – not to mention they have TONS of other amazing things! Pack a sandwich & visit the New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) to enjoy your summer, they have lots of educational programs and their trails are marked beautifully so you know what you’re viewing !
Heres to summer! Although I love this winter, I need a little heat right now, its rather cold & the wind is howlin’ ! This is not a farm but a residential floral oasis overlooking the ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine.
I am still scheduling visits to farms and wanted to post SOMETHING! Here are some fun garden photos!