so fortunate and and just plain lucky for the both of us that we were
raised and lived a large part of our young lives in the country. These
are the roots that stayed alive within our souls and eventually began
blossoming along the path that we are traveling on today.
When we married at 23 and 25 we were like most young
couples starting off and already had accumulated lots of debt and
material things. We lived in an apartment in Nashville, Tennessee,
had full time jobs and weren't making enough income to lower our bills
enough to even qualify for a home loan.
We often went backpacking or drove across the hills of the Nashville
Basin to the Cumberland Mountains out to the log cabin, Center Hill
Lake and hill top farm that I was raised on. It was here that I plugged
back in to life and returned to the center of my dreams.
We also took many trips down to visit Sharon's parents on their small
farm. With each visit I started evolving and my clothes would change
to overalls, a cowboy hat and boots. We helped them out in their garden
and became so enthused about the fresh vegetables that we harvested
and ate. We both knew all about the ins and outs of gardening from
childhood days but for some reason it was completely new, intriguing
and different now. With each visit we began finding new appreciation
for food and the importance of some of the simple but most important
elements in life. We became sponges for information on growing things
and old farm trades and techniques. Slowly this knowledge began watering
our childhood roots and thirst to learn more.