We’re in!

Well, maybe not Todd.  He’d been out chasing this guy…


But, the rest of us and our many, many, many boxes of belongings are officially home.  Mom‘s here, too.  She’s come to help and stay for the next two months, while John’s in South Africa for work.  Dad flies in later today for the same reason.  Through the window of my temporary kitchen office, mom walks past, probably switching the laundry and definitely making me wonder how we ever, ever could have done this without her.

Here she is bonding with one of the farm cats, who’s hopefully resting after a long day of opossum catching.

She’s fitting right in…

But, we’re not the only one’s in… so are the seeds!

The beans have already started to sprout.  Raul and John did an amazing job.  The garden is irrigated, gated, fenced; we’re in business, baby!


This year will be an experiment to see what could work well for a future farmer’s market operation.  We’ve planted a wide variety including several types of heirloom tomatoes, snow peas, beets, yellow squash, watermelon, pumpkin, radishes, peppers and more, even german chamomile for fresh chamomile tea.

It’s just the beginning, for us, for the seeds, for farm dog Todd… possibly not for the opossum.  But regardless, beginnings are pretty, filled with hope and buzzing with possibility.  Today, I’m dreaming of a great summer salsa.  Heirloom tomatoes, peppers, onion – yes!

Keep me posted on what’s in your garden.  I want details.

xo – Organic Spark

I wrote this post while participating in the Sowing Millions Project by Real Food Media on behalf of Seeds of Change.  I received product and exclusive content to facilitate my post.  My thoughts and opinions are my own and not those of Real Food Media or Seeds of Change.

21 comments


  • Molly, yay! This is so exciting. You are so fortunate to have this special, memorable time with your mom too. Enjoy! Love the new office :)

    May 29, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      Thanks Marla! I agree. It is a real blessing to have her here.

      May 30, 2011
  • I’m thrilled for you! The photos are such fun! Can’t wait to come out and visit.

    May 29, 2011
  • So glad to see you using all of those seeds. When I sent them to you I mourned a little bit, but I am so happy for y’all.

    May 29, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      Awe… thanks Shannon. I will take good care of them for you!

      May 30, 2011
  • Sandra Gillanders (sweetpeas4me)

    Love the pictures of your dog, Todd looking in window. It looks like paradise there with pretty windows and flowers all a bloomin and things growing. Will be wonderful to see the progress. Congratulations on your new home.

    May 29, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      Thank you dear Sandy!

      May 30, 2011
  • I am SO excited for you! I hope you will agree to let me come over and shoot photos and cover it on my blog. I can’t wait to see your new farm. And we’re house-shopping in the neighborhood, as you know. I hope we end up living close enough that we can do regular dinner parties!

    May 29, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      You are definitely invited up! We’ll be settled in about 2 weeks. After that, you just let me know when! :) Definitely dinner parties… mmmm… we’re gonna eat well!

      May 30, 2011
  • Laurie

    I’m so enjoying following your new adventure and living vicariously. Can’t wait to hear more.

    May 29, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      Thanks Laurie! I so appreciate you coming to read! xo

      May 30, 2011
  • Mom

    Just think…a very few short months from now and we’ll be enjoying the literal “fruits” of your effort. Well done Molly, John and Toddy! Well done.

    May 30, 2011
  • I’m so excited for you – I bet it feels good to finally get to this point!

    May 31, 2011
  • David

    Awesome! Looks like fun — hard work too, but fun and exciting.

    May 31, 2011
  • Joy

    Oh it looks so pretty! And how wonderful to share it with your mom and dad. God is so good! Youre garden sounds awesome, geez it’s so big. Our is coming along. We have harvested radishes and lettuce. A bird brooding on her 4 eggs is helping us harvest the strawberries. It’s hard to hold that against her-though my 7 year old has had enough of this aviary theft-she wants her strawberries. Red raspberries are green-but there! And our blueberries are green. everything else-tomatos, peppers (8 varieties now), zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, peas, green beans are all getting big and strong and flowers are emerging. Waiting …and loving early morning waterings…can’t wait to see your garden! blessings, Joy

    June 1, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      Joy – your garden sounds DIVINE! Thanks so much for sharing!

      June 14, 2011
  • Daisy Gutberlet

    oh boy do i have a salsa recipe for you! we need to start talking business partners!!! i can’t wait to visit. are you companion planting for pest control?

    June 6, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      Bring it on Aunt Daisy! Can’t wait to try it! :) And, I’m guessing we will companion plant at some point. Haven’t gotten there yet, but looking forward to it.

      June 14, 2011
  • Laura

    I found you through cheeseslave and your story is so exciting. We live in the next town over, so we will definitely look for you at the farmer’s markets in the future. You have been given a great blessing!

    June 6, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      Looking forward to meeting you Laura! And I agree… I give thanks everyday for this one.

      June 14, 2011
  • Looks so exciting! And beautiful. :)

    June 17, 2011

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