I decided to visit some of the local farms around Louisville firsthand, to learn about what they are growing and use what they grow in some of the recipes and techniques that I learned in Paris.
The first farm that I visited was Berkley-Green Farm. This farm was started by Roni Ann Hill. She and her husband, along with their two children, are tending the most beautiful corner of Earth that you can imagine. When our mutual friend invited me to see their farm, I certainly didn’t expect it to be quite as stunning as it is. They have cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep, bees, and a vegetable garden. The pictures mostly speak for themselves, but I’ve also included my interview with Roni below. We talked as we walked on her farm, but between the piglets and the children and the cold, we didn’t get as much talking in as we would have liked so she took some time to write out her responses for us to enjoy.
The pictures are a thing of beauty to behold. What an intentional, clear, and lovely space they have created for their family to grow! The farm is a sweet circle of energy; from the act of beekeeping in summer to the making of candles with the bees’ wax to light the winter evenings- this family is living in awareness of the seasons and the song of life.
Sylvia: Why did you pick the breeds you are working with?
Roni: We choose breeds and develop our herds to be well suited to our land and our way of farming. Heritage breeds do well on pasture, are eager to forage, and don’t require any chemical input. It can involve a lot of trial and error, but I love the puzzle of a diverse farm, figuring out what plants and animals will thrive together and be supported by this farm.
What to do with the piglet’s lard?! Why, soap, of course!
I like this place. I like these people, these choices they’ve made. This peace they’ve created here. To purchase meat, candles, eggs, and other seasonal goodies, please write to them directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org