“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” ~Letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington (1787)
Texas Worm Ranch has new adventures in store in 2013. We have new seeds to sow and new garden canvases to paint our hopes on.
Our first news is that the worm ranch is expanding into a building almost twice as large. This will allow us to increase our ability to help our large scale organic farmers and ranchers with bulk worm casting orders to improve their pastures and crop lands. The best news, for us, is that the new building also has growing space in front of the building, and the possibility to begin a roof garden in the future.
The other news to share with you is that we will work in conjunction with White Rock Local Market to begin a working garden and teaching lab for organic and sustainable gardening. White Rock Local Market has gained access to an urban garden space. Texas Worm Ranch will provide day to day management and expertise.
I’m very excited to expand our ability to provide more access to fresh, local, and naturally grown food right here in the city! To be honest, selling produce isn’t the modern way to financial success. Most consumers don’t understand the true cost and risk of growing food. As a small, urban and organic farmer, we don’t apply for government subsidies or insurance like the big agribusiness conglomerates. I’m perfectly fine with that, since I prefer my conscience to be at peace. That makes it harder for us to make a financial profit off of growing food than a large scale, conventional farmer that is subsidized in their growing. However, if we can accomplish two things, I think we will feel like the richest people in Texas:
1) Teach others the joy, benefits and expertise to accomplish sustainable gardening—reducing water use and eliminating toxic chemicals, welcoming beneficial insects and pollinators. We will promote the building of healthy soil ecosystems which result in nutrient dense and safe (and delicious) food.
2) Increase our local Metroplex food security. There is very little food grown directly in our city. There are a few community gardens, but not everybody can garden in their backyard or in a community garden. These people still want access to healthier food choices, but may have time, disability or expertise concerns that prevent them from gardening on their own. Our naturally grown food will be free from GMOs, free from chemicals, and will be safe and nutrient dense. Instead of traveling hundreds or thousands of miles, it will go straight from field to farmer’s market. In the event of local or national disturbances (frozen roads, terror events, salmonella scares, hurricanes, etc.), we will not be barred from eating, because we will be growing right here in the City, and not dependent on transportation from other regions. Furthermore, White Rock Local Market (where we sell the bulk of our produce) accepts SNAP benefits, so that families who need a hand up can feed their children fresh and healthful food also.
If you believe in Thomas Jefferson’s missive to our first President—that you would be richer, more moral, and happier from getting a little dirt under your nails—we have plenty of volunteer/learning opportunities coming up. Send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will see what interests you have and where you might like to unplug from the trappings of modern life, travel back in time, and become a gentleman or gentlewoman farmer.
Thanks for your support as we grow!