Three Cheers for L.E.A.F!
It took a lot of work, sweat, blood, and tears to bring this family farm into its seventh generation of stewardship. In respect of that fact and the privelege I feel, as a seventh generation grower, to have a farm to inherit, we try to give back whenever we can.
And in so doing, we find the rewards come back to us threefold! A fine example of this was our participation in the first season of Project LEAF. Friend of the farm Heidi Witmer has been putting years of effort into getting this project off the ground and, in our opinion, she hit it out of the park. The kids were outstanding and asked terrific questions - they were so engaged when they came to visit us. They worked hard and learned a lot - making cases of value added products from a wide range of our "secondy" farm products. The dinner they served and prepared for the final LEAF Feast was epic and delicious.
I've always said, more than the food, more than the lifestyle, more than pride I feel - the community I work in nearly always wins out as "top perk of the job".