Dirt Rich, Stoney Creek Farm
There was a different feeling that greeted me as soon as I saw the Stoney Creek Farm signage at the entrance. The sight of the horses right after the entrance was such a great welcoming party that set the mood of warmth and homeliness that awaited up ahead.
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect, I came because Stoney Creek Farm was hosting a workshop on How to Grow Your Own Sprouts and Microgreens. It was a last-minute decision to attend the event so I didn’t have time to find out about the farm before coming. I didn’t know I was in for a great surprise.
Situated at the end of the long driveway is the simple red farmhouse with long open front and back porch on the right, and the barn with horse stalls on the left of the parking area. I could hear the chickens chirping away in the distance as soon as I stepped out of the car. The beautiful sight in front of me was neat rows and rows of different vegetables and flower patches.
I noticed a lot of young families with their kids walking through the rows of different crops and coming to the back porch with freshly picked vegetables to pay at the makeshift register. I soon found out that the farm is open for the public to pick their own vegetables and pay as they go.
I also noticed that there are some picnic tables and a small playground in the property encouraging families to stop and play before or after the picking. The children and adults are also welcome to visit the chickens, goats and the horses which makes a nice family affair and trip memorable, or at least leave a lasting impact on everyone who comes to visit.
There’s great satisfaction when you grow and pick your own food, it is not only fresh but to know where your food is coming from is very important, especially for our health benefits. With my own small plot of land, we have a raised bed to grow vegetables and it brings such a great source of joy every time we pick food from the garden straight to the table. So I understand the need to come to Stoney Creek Farm to experience this, and to teach young children about the source of , especially if you live in apartments, condominiums, or a house with no room for a vegetable bed.
Then I met Leigh and her husband Olin, who is managing the register and attending to visitors, while Leigh hosted the event I signed up to attend. I understand that the warm and fuzzy feeling I received as soon as I entered the farm is the result of this hard-working couple, who reflect and shine with their enthusiasm their passion for sharing their garden with others.
Leigh and Olin, who worked in the corporate world for 30 years, decided to journey to Dirt Rich together when they bought their 15-acre farm and become sustainable farmers. The many events hosted at the farm are achieving one of their goals to help educate others about the benefits of sustainable farm living and valuing healthy living with lower stress and more joy in life.
Finally, I recognized as I left the farm, the initial feeling that greeted me was experiencing my blood pressure going down as my stress level went away. It was that impact that led me to share my experience after meeting this dirt rich couple and the place they created in the heart of Williamson County.
You can read their story on creating their sustainability farming life in their book which they co-authored with Paul Deepan, (2016) Dirt Rich, How to Experience More Joy and Less Stress Through Sustainable Farm Living available for sale in Kindle and Amazon, or it pick it up when you come to the farm.